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Renal Tubular Acidosis Overview

What is renal tubular acidosis?
A person with renal tubular acidosis has an illness that prevents the kidneys from filtering acid from the bloodstream. As a result, the blood contains more acid than normal. Renal tubular acidosis can be caused by illnesses that damage the kidneys, such as diabetes, lupus, or sickle cell disease. Renal tubular acidosis responds well to treatment.

What are the symptoms of renal tubular acidosis?
Symptoms for renal tubular acidosis include increased urinary frequency, increased thirst, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, muscle aches, constipation, and mild difficulty breathing.

How does the doctor treat renal tubular acidosis?
Treatment for renal tubular acidosis depends on the cause. Treatment for renal tubular acidosis may include medications that reduce acids in the bloodstream, potassium supplements, diuretic medications, and vitamin D supplements.

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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