Can kidney disease have any complications?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Kidney disease can cause many complications with the potential to damage many vital parts of your body, including your heart, lungs, bones, nervous system, immune system, and, of course, your kidneys.

Some complications aren't life-threatening but are inconvenient, such as fluid retention, anemia, impotence, weakened bones at high risk for fracture, and nervous system changes that can alter your personality.

Life-threatening complications are possible as well and include seizures, inflammation in the heart (pericarditis), cardiovascular disease, end-stage renal disease (permanent kidney failure), and death.

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