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Table 5 Attribution of Symptoms

From: Symptoms and impacts in anemia of chronic kidney disease

Symptom Attributed to Anemia
n/N (%)
Attributed to CKD
n/N (%)
Attributed to Something Else
n/N (%)
Did Not Know Cause
n/N (%)
Feeling weak/lack of strengtha 4/5 (80) 1/5 (20) 1/5 (20)b 1/5 (20)
Feeling tired 12/27 (44) 1/27 (4) 4/27 (15)c 10/27 (37)
Difficulty concentrating 2/6 (33) 0/6 (0) 0/6 (0) 4/6 (67)
Shortness of breath 3/16 (19) 0/16 (0) 5/16 (31) 8/16 (50)
Difficulty remembering 0/9 (0) 1/9 (11) 0/9 (0) 8/9 (89)
Difficulty sleeping 0/9 (0) 0/9 (0) 1/9 (11)d 8/9 (89)
Restless legsa 0/5 (0) 1/5 (20)d 1/5 (20)e 4/5 (80)
GI symptomsa 0/10 (0) 4/10 (40)e 1/10 (10)f 7/10 (70)
  1. Abbreviations: CKD Chronic kidney disease, GI Gastrointestinal
  2. aThe number of responses is greater than the number of participants asked the question because some participants attributed a symptom to more than 1 thing
  3. bOne participant attributed feeling weak/lack of strength to dialysis
  4. cThree participants attributed feeling tired to too much physical exertion and 1 participant to depression
  5. dOne participant attributed difficulty sleeping to coughing
  6. eOne participant attributed restless legs to dialysis
  7. fOne participant attributed GI symptoms to dialysis