Renal Tubular Acidosis Evaluation
The evaluation of someone with renal tubular acidosis begins with a history and physical examination.
Usually, the physical exam is normal in someone with renal tubular acidosis. However, a person with severe renal tubular acidosis may develop signs of kidney failure.
Physical findings in someone with kidney failure include:
- Excessive bruising
- Muscle weakness
- Numbness and tingling:
- In the hands or feet
- Pale skin
- Facial swelling
- Leg swelling (bilateral)
- Foot swelling (bilateral)
- Unintentional weight loss
Tests are required to make the diagnosis of renal tubular acidosis.
Tests that may be used to evaluate renal tubular acidosis include:
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