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Kidney Disease Symptoms and Proper Diagnosis

According to the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes for Health (NCBI NIH), exposure to environmental agents and conditions can have adverse health effects. These factors include occupational hazards, such as exposure to chemicals and other toxins that can enter the body through various methods (inhalation, orally, or through the skin) and can lead to acute kidney disease.

How Forensic Science Can Help

Kidney disease symptoms are subtle and so kidney disease can go undiagnosed for a long period of time. The causes of this disease may be due to hereditary factors, lifestyle choices, or from exposure to toxins on the job. Workplace exposure requires the expertise of a doctor trained in forensic medicine in order to show the causation of kidney disease is linked to toxins ingested on the job.

Detection and diagnosis requires scientific analysis of reports and records of samples and bodily fluids by a forensic toxicologist. It is the only way to determine if chemicals and other toxins are present in the body and to show the link between cause and effect.

Utilizing forensic toxicology is especially important if one is seeking compensation for damages from an employer: the existence of workplace hazards that cause illness is fairly common in some industries and workplaces, and a trained forensic toxicologist can investigate and identify the substances that have caused the illness, thereby establishing or ruling out causation. Dr. Brautbar, who specializes in Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Occupational Medicine and Toxicology is a well known scientific provider of scientific evidence that establishes causation.

Warning Signs of Kidney Disease

Be aware of the signs and symptoms of kidney disease, and that these conditions may have causes that originate in the workplace. If any of the following symptoms are present, seek a medical opinion and have testing performed by a forensic toxicologist.

  1. Changes in urination
  2. Swelling in legs, ankles, feet, hands, or face
  3. Skin rashes and/or itching
  4. Leg, back or side Pain
  5. Halitosis (bad breath)
  6. Nausea and/or vomiting
  7. Feeling cold often and without apparent cause
  8. Shortness of breath
  9. Dizziness
  10. Difficulty concentrating and memory loss
  11. Fatigue and muscle weakness

All of these signs and symptoms can be attributed to a host of other illnesses as well; only forensic toxicology testing can pinpoint whether or not kidney disease is the reason a patient is experiencing one or more of these symptoms.


Dr. Brautbar is a board-certified internist and nephrologist, and certified in forensic medicine. If you are interested in retaining Dr. Brautbar for forensic and expert witness testimony services, please submit the Contact Form.


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