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Why Diarrhea Occurs in Nephrotic Syndrome

2014-05-30 01:08

Why Diarrhea Occurs in Nephrotic SyndromeRecently, with a rapid pace of life, many people develop an irregular diet habit, resulting in some kinds of gastrointestinal diseases. Diarrhea may be caused by unhealthy foods, cold, infections or even emotional stress. Well then, why does diarrhea occur in Nephrotic Syndrome?

Nephrotic Syndrome is a kind of kidney disease with glomerular damage. It is characterized with proteinuria, hyperlipidemia, edema and hypoalbuminemia.

Diarrhea is not a symptom but a complication of Nephrotic Syndrome. It always brings pain and weakness, disturbing the patients’ lives. Therefore, they are eager to find the causes and treatments of diarrhea due to Nephrotic Syndrome.


1. Side effects of medicines

Most patients, who are physically weak and take long-term of steroids and immunosuppressive agents, have low immunity. Therefore, their bodies cannot prevent viruses and bacteria from invading into the gastrointestinal tract effectively, and thus diarrhea occurs.

2. Swelling

As I have mentioned above, edema (swelling) is a typical symptom of Nephrotic Syndrome. Swelling may happen on gastrointestinal mucosa, resulting in poor absorption of food intake. Therefore, diarrhea is caused.

3. Wastes and toxins

Due to damaged glomeruli, GFR(glomerular filtration rate) declines, resulting in wastes and toxins accumulation, which will also stimulate the gastrointestinal mucosa and thus cause diarrhea.

4. Dialysis

Dialysis is not only a treatment but also can be a cause of diarrhea of nephrotic syndrome patients.

5. Complications of Nephrotic Syndrome

Some complications like diabetes, liver disease and malnutrition can be responsible for this symptom in nephrotic syndrome.


Treatments of diarrhea in Nephrotic Syndrome should be based on the causes of it. Either some medicines or a reasonable diet plan may be given to you by your doctor.

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