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How long does it take before your kidneys to work after a spinal cord accident?

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Dr. Stuart Rice
36 years experience
Depends: The specific treating doctor would be in the best position to answer this, but not infrequently the kidneys will shut down because of a temporary lack of blood flow and experience a condition called atn (acute tubular necrosis). This can resolve in days to a few weeks. It is well described on the internet. Again, without knowing the specifics the patient's physician may offer more accurate info.
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Dr. Raj Singh
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Varies: The common reason for kidney failure after a spinal cord injury is due to urinary retention caused by neurogenic bladder which can cause swelling of kidneys called "hydronephrosis". If urinary retention is relieved and their is no underlying preexistant kidney disease then most patients can recover within 7-14 days.
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Last updated Jan 11, 2016


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