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What it means when you have Stage 3 kidney disease

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2024 | Failure to Diagnose |

Stage 3 kidney disease means that your kidney function is about half of what it should be. That said, you may not experience noticeable symptoms, especially at first.

However, as the condition progresses, symptoms such as fatigue and swelling in the legs, ankles or feet can occur. So can changes in high blood pressure and how often you urinate and the appearance of your urine. Unfortunately, medical errors can delay diagnosis and treatment.

Medical management

Managing Stage 3 kidney disease involves several approaches. The aim is to slow the progression of the disease and manage symptoms.

This typically includes lifestyle modifications. Patients should follow a kidney-friendly diet low in sodium, potassium and phosphorus. Also important are maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption. Providers may prescribe medications to control blood pressure and manage cholesterol levels. Medications can also treat underlying conditions contributing to kidney damage.

Potential complications

Failure to manage Stage 3 kidney disease can lead to various complications. They include an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, anemia, bone disorders and eventually, kidney failure. Patients should follow their treatment plan and attend regular medical appointments to monitor their kidney function and overall health.

Medical malpractice

In some cases, medical malpractice can worsen Stage 3 kidney disease. Diagnosis errors, improper treatment and medication mistakes can all contribute to decreasing kidney function. They can also hasten the advancement of the disease.

By understanding the implications, individuals can better preserve their kidney function and mitigate the risk of complications.



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