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Chronic kidney disease and unassociated symptoms

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I've just been diagnosed with stage 3 CKD, age 55 female. GFR 40, creatinine 1.03. I've recently been plagued with a salty taste in my mouth and a lump in my throat. The ENT told me the lump was an enlarged linual left tonsil. My regular tonsils had been removed when I was young. I was also told the salty taste was from GERD. Could the build up of toxins in my system be causing my ligual tonsil to be enlarged, and also be causing my salty taste? I also have brown pigment patches on my lower arms, but no swelling in hands or feet. These seem to be my only symptoms so far. Thank you.

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replied September 14th, 2009
Kidney Conditions Answer A7232

It is unlikely that the conditions you reported (stage 3 chronic kidney disease, salty taste in mouth and enlarged lingual tonsil) are associated.

Chronic kidney disease is associated with the build up of a number of substances in the blood, which should have been excreted by the kidneys instead. None of these substances are reported to cause a salty taste in the mouth or an enlarged lingual tonsil.

The salty taste in the mouth might be caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease as you were told. The enlarged lingual tonsil might be caused by inflammation that is close in the surrounding tissue.

You might want to visit a specialist for the upper gastrointestinal tract for GERD. An Ear, Nose and Throat specialist might be able to locate the inflammation that caused the enlarged lingual tonsil.

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