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What Happens if Untreated Stage 4 Kidney Disease

2014-07-29 09:05

What Happens if Untreated Stage 4 Kidney DiseaseWhen your kidney disease develops to stage 4, it means there is severe damage to your kidneys. You may have to take various kinds of medications to control the symptoms. What happens if untreated stage 4 kidney disease?

In stage 4, your GFR declines to 15-29 ml/min. It means your kidneys can not filter the blood timely. If it is left untreated, your symptoms will worsen and some new complications may occur.

Let’s see the kidney function first.

-Kidney filters the waste and excess water from the blood.

-Kidney balances electrolyte and acid-base in the body.

-Kidney regulates blood pressure.

-Kidney secretes erythropoietin, which stimulates the bone marrow to produce red blood cells.

What happens when left untreated?

In stage 4, all the kidney function declines. And you will quickly develop kidney failure and uremia without treatment. As a result, all the body systems are affected.

-Cardiovascular system

Cardiovascular disease is the main cause of death for kidney failure patients. You may suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol level, angiosteosis, heart failure, pericarditis, ets.

-Respiratory system

You may suffer from shortness of breath, deep breath, pleural effusion, etc.

-Gastrointestinal tract

Nausea, vomit, diarrhea, poor appetite, digestive tracthemorrhage and so on are also very common.

-Blood system

Anemia becomes more serious, and there may be gastrointestinal bleeding and cerebral hemorrhage.

-Neuromuscular system

In the early stage of uremia, you may have isomnia, inattention and memory loss. In severe case, there may be convulsions, illusion, coma, etc.


Your bones will also become fragile and there may be bone pain, spontaneous fracture, etc.

Therefore, you had better seek treatment as early as possible. It is possible that stage 4 kidney disease is reversed to stage 3 and then you can live a relatively normal life. If you would like to know more information about treatment for stage 4 kidney disease, please contact online doctor or leave a message below.

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