Respiratory Problem Caused by Kidney Failure
Our respiratory system and kidney are intimately linked in both of overall health and disease. As our kidney can’t do its job normally, respiratory problem occurs easily. Therefore, to most of patients with kidney failure (or renal failure), respiratory problem caused by kidney failure is very common. If left untreated, some severe complications, which can’t be reversed, may appear.
Our respiratory system helps mitigate the systemic effects of renal acid-base imbalance, and in turn the reverse is also true. Normally, our kidney is responsible to keep the renal acid-base balance, while some respiratory problems may also occur when patients suffer from kidney failure. The reason is that metabolic acidosis commonly causes lung hyperventilation and then patients will have deep breath or Cheyne-Stokes breathing. According to the different causes, respiratory problems caused by kidney failure are also various.
One kind of these problems are secondary to congestive heart failure, and the other one is due to the improved permeability of pulmonary microcirculation that caused fluid retention in the lung. These two factors both present pulmonary edema, but the prognosis is quite different. The former one type of pulmonary edema can be cured easily through dialysis, while the prognosis of the later one is relatively worse. The reason is that in the later situation, patients usually are also suffering from pleurisy and the fluid retention shows leakage or blood. Most often, their expired gas has a smell of urea, so this symptom is able to help patient warn of their respiratory problems.
Since respiratory problem caused by kidney failure is so common, these patients should pay more attention to it. The earlier they find and get treatment, the better their condition. Of course, the correct treatment is also very important. According to patient’s specific condition, the treatment will change. If you are suffering from these problems, please ensure your problem and receive treatment immediately.