The Kidney and Its Main Blood Vessels
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As kidney failure progresses, some of the following symptoms may develop: Loss of appetiteNausea and vomitingFatigueWeight lossItchy skinConfusionTrouble concentratingSwelling throughout the bodyLow urine outputGeneralized weaknessMultiple bruisesNumbness and tingling in the extremitiesIrritabilityDecreased desire for sexual activityMenstrual irregularitiesConstipationDiarrheaMuscle cramps and twitchesShortness of breathChest painWeak, brittle bonesYellowish-brownish skin toneHeadacheFrequent hiccups
If kidney failure is untreated, the waste products and fluid that build up can result in: ComaSeizuresDeath
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Last reviewed June 2016 by Michael Woods, MD
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