ACUTE KIDNEY FAILURE & TREATMENT
Definition: What is "Acute Kidney Failure"?
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 & fluid from the blood. When the kidney is damaged & losses its filtering capability, a highly dangerous level of fluid may accumulate in the body.
Symptoms & Signs
Symptoms of acute kidney failure includes fluid retention that can cause swelling of the ankles, feet & legs, drowsiness, fatigue & confusion, shortness of breath, coma & seizures as well as chest pains. A decreased urine output may also be a telltale sign of a kidney failure.
Treatment: How to Treat "Acute Kidney Failure"?
Treatment is primarily focused in treating the injury or damage to the kidneys & 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 & the wastes while allowing the kidney time to heal.
Common causes of acute kidney failure include an extremely low blood pressure, poor heart function & 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 & bladder obstruction may also be some of the underlying causes
Blood & urine samples are among the primary basis of the diagnosis. The creatinine, potassium & urea levels are also checked for possible chemical abnormalities & rule out other internal problems.