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Is kidney failure permanent?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Not always: Chronic kidney failure is generally irreversible whereas acute renal failure can sometimes be adequately treated and reversed, e.g., hemolytic-uremic syndrome.
Dr. Alok Agrawal
Nephrology and Dialysis 34 years experience
Agree- acute kidney failure from decreased BP, dehydartion, medications, obstruction, other causes often reversible
Jan 9, 2013
Dr. Pascale Lane
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 36 years experience
Sometimes: Sometimes kidneys may fail suddenly but be able to recover over weeks to months. With diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure, kidneys lose function slowly over time. This orm of kidney failure tends to be permanent. Your doctor can give the est answer about your type of kidney damage.
Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Not necessarily.: A person may have acute kidney failure in the setting of an injury, dehydration, heart failure, reaction to certain medications, etc. And they may go on to do just fine. Talk to the doctor about the specific situation that worries you. LGromkoMD

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