Acute Kidney Failure

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Definition

Acute kidney failure is characterized by the sudden loss of the ability of the kidneys to perform its normal functions, which includes eliminating the excess waste and fluid from the blood. When the kidney is damaged and losses its filtering capability, a highly dangerous level of fluid may accumulate in the body.

Diagnosis

Blood and urine samples are among the primary basis of the diagnosis. The creatinine, potassium and urea levels are also checked for possible chemical abnormalities and rule out other internal problems.

Treatment

Treatment is primarily focused in treating the injury or damage to the kidneys and stabilizing the patient's condition. This may include limiting fluid intake to prevent accumulation. Dialysis is often required to remove the toxins in the body and the wastes while allowing the kidney time to heal.

Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms of acute kidney failure includes fluid retention that can cause swelling of the ankles, feet and legs, drowsiness, fatigue and confusion, shortness of breath, coma and seizures as well as chest pains. A decreased urine output may also be a telltale sign of a kidney failure.

Causes

Common causes of acute kidney failure include an extremely low blood pressure, poor heart function and low blood volume. It can also be associated with other disorders that may related to the reduction in the supply of blood in the kidneys Ureter and bladder obstruction may also be some of the underlying causes

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