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Kidney Disease Symptoms in Women1

Most people with CKD have no symptoms, because the body can tolerate a significant reduction in kidney function. The presence of CKD may remain unrecognized until the disease is advanced. The only way to detect CKD is by using a blood test to estimate glomerular kidney function and a urine albumin test to assess kidney damage. Some kidney-disease symptoms in women may include:

  • Increased tiredness
  • Lack of concentration
  • Poor appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Nocturnal muscle cramping
  • Swollen feet
  • Puffiness around the eyes
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Frequent nocturnal urination

In most cases, people who develop AKI are already in the hospital. When acute injury occurs, the kidneys are unable to function, upsetting the body’s chemical balance and resulting in dizziness and little or no urine output.


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1Davita Health website. Available from: http://www.davita.com/kidney-disease/causes/assessing-your-risk/women's-health-risks-and-chronic-kidney-disease/e/5012