What Is Acute Kidney Failure?

Q:
What is acute kidney failure?

A:
It occurs when your kidneys suddenly become unable to filter waste products from your blood. Under this situation, dangerous levels of wastes may build up, and your blood’s chemical makeup may get out of balance.

The disease is so acute that it develops rapidly over a few hours or a few days.

Symptoms:

  • Decreased urine output, although occasionally urine output remains normal
  • Fluid retention, causing swelling in your legs, ankles or feet
  • Drowsiness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Seizures or coma in severe cases
  • Chest pain or pressure

Sometimes the patients show no signs or symptoms and is detected through lab tests done for another reason.

Causes:

  • a condition that slows blood flow to the kidneys
  • direct damage to the kidneys
  • kidneys’ urine drainage tubes become blocked and wastes can’t leave.

Make an appointment with your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms of acute kidney failure.

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