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Loss of Appetite and Renal Amyloidosis

Provided by Expert Zhang Youkang on 2012-10-21 17:40

Some renal amyloidosis complain loss of appetite. Actually, this symptom relates to various factors, including the kidney disorder, the medicines and the therapies you take.

What causes loss of appetite in renal amyloidosis patients?

Kidney damage

Renal amyloidosis is a medical condition in which the underlying immune disorder causes kidney disease. Kidneys are important organs to filter the blood and remove the toxins from the body. When it develops into Kidney Failure, over waste products causes discomforts of other systems, including digestive system, causing vomiting or nausea.


When you have kidney damages, many medicines for symptoms and complications are ordered. And if you take some medicines that damages your stomach, you will feel the digestive discomforts over time.

Diet Change

Loss of appetite, even before nausea and vomiting may occur, is a significant problem since it may lead to inadequate dietary protein intake, protein malnutrition and muscle wasting. And for renal amyloidosis, the doctor usually recommends to limit the amount and the type of protein intake, this may cause loss of appetite.


Dialysis has side effects, which is known for patients. And one of side effects is loos of appetite.

In addition, It is very clear from a variety of clinical studies that patients who develop protein malnutrition prior to starting dialysis have worse outcomes during the first year of dialysis, so it is important for patients with noted loss of appetite to seek prompt medical attention before protein malnutrition occurs.

Kidney Transplant

When patients’ GFR is less than 15, transplantation may be recommended. Kidney transplant itself can be a factor of poor appetite. And the medicines that are taken for kidney transplant in particular also increases the risk of poor appetite.

Besides the causes mentioned above, other factors may also cause poor appetite, such as improper diet and stomach diseases. Thereby, if you happen to be a person with Renal Amyloidosis and feel loss of appetite, you are suggested to see doctor and find the root cause of this symptoms firstly. And then seek the right managements.

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