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Renal Underperfusion and Receiving Social Security Disability

Azotemia is a medical condition that is characterized by abnormal levels of nitrogen-containing compounds like urea, creatinine and various body waste compounds and other nitrogen-rich compounds being in your blood. The reason for this is because your kidneys are not filtering enough of your blood. Azotemia is also a clinical sign of a larger disorder that is referred to as uremia. Uremia is a medical term that is used in reference to ailments that are associated with kidney failure. These include conditions, such as hyperkalemia, acidosis, hypertension (high blood pressure), anemia and hypocalcemia. Azotemia is a fairly common malady in the United States. This is especially true for people who have to spend time in the hospital. Hospital acquired azotemia develops in around 5% of all hospital admissions in the United States. Renal underperfusion is one of the three kinds of azotemia. The other two are prerenal azotemia and renal azotemia. Renal underperfusion is also known by other names. It is also known as azotemia - prerenal, uremia and postrenal azotemia. Renal underperfusion is evidenced by abnormal levels of nitrogen-containing and nitrogen-rich compounds in your blood. This is just like the other two kinds of azotemia. The form of azotemia that you have is determined by what is causing your condition. Renal underperfusion is usually caused by the blockage of your urine flow in an area below your kidneys. The contents of your bladder are prevented from exiting your kidneys. This increased resistance to urine flow may result in backup into your kidneys. This leads to hydronephrosis. Hydronephrosis is dilation and distention of your renal pelvis. Renal underperfusion may also result from congenital abnormalities. This includes blockage of your urethra by bladder or kidney stones, vesicoureteral reflux, blockage of your ureters by pregnancy or kidney stones and compression of your ureters by prostatic hyperplasia or cancer. There are several different signs and symptoms that you may have with renal underperfusion. Some of these include:   ?  Fatigue and weakness with extreme muscle weakness ?  Seizure ?  Decrease in your glomerular filtration rate (GFR) ?  Chills and fever if you get an infection ?  Increase in your creatinine serum concentration ?  Pain or urgency with urination ?  Increase in your blood urea nitrogen (BUN) concentration ?  Confusion ?  Swelling in your feet or ankles ?  Difficulty in urinating ?  Urine that is dark or red blood-tinged.
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