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What is a common predisposing factor for pre-renal acute renal failure post-operatively?

What is a common predisposing factor for pre-renal acute renal failure post-operatively?

Surgery: Blood loss, inadequate volume resuscitation, excess diuretics, poor PO in take. Any thing that removes fluid from the body or reduces renal blood flow, such as low cardiac output. ...Read more

Dr. Tarek Naguib
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Kidney Failure (Definition)

A condition in which your kidneys suddenly stop working normally. Since your kidneys remove waste products and help balance water and salt and other minerals (electrolytes) in your blood, when your kidneys stop working, waste products, fluids, and electrolytes build up in your body. This can cause problems ...Read more


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What is the difference between acute renal failure and acute renal insufficiency?

Acute renal failure: Failure means kidneys stopped completely. Insufficiency not completely gone but not normal. ...Read more

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Can drinking water reverse acute renal failure?

Acute renal failure: It depends on the cause of the acute renal failure. If it is due to volume depletion/dehydration, then yes, fluids (either oral or iv), can often help reverse acute renal failure. However, often medications contribute to acute injury and may need to be stopped or adjusted. ...Read more

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How effective is a ureteric stent for treating acute renal failure?

How effective is a ureteric stent for treating acute renal failure?

Depends: If the cause of renal failure is due to ureteral obstruction then very effective!
The key is to address the obstruction ASAP in order to avoid any permanent damage to the kidneys. Make sure to monitor for post obstructive diuresis marked by excessive urination after relief of obstruction. But, post-obstructive diuresis/natriuresis are good prognostic indicators of renal function recovery. ...Read more

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How effective is furosemide (Lasix) for treating acute renal failure?

How effective is furosemide (Lasix) for treating acute renal failure?

Lasix (furosemide) and ARF: It really depends upon the cause for ARF. Lasix (furosemide) is however, still the mainstay of therapy in re-establishing urine flow during the recovery phase from an acute renal injury. ...Read more

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Why is a patient with acute renal failure at a higher risk for infection?

ARF and infection: Acute renal failure (ARF) has a frequently reported mortality in 20-80% of the patients. Infection, as a cause or a complication of the syndrome, is a risk factor which adversely determines its outcome. In a study in 2009, infection occurred in four fifths of critically ill patients with ARF treated with dialysis and was in an unadjusted analysis associated with longer los and higher mortality. ...Read more

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What is the difference between acute renal failure and acute tubular necrosis?

Here are some...: Acute renal failure is a general term denoting kidneys not able to good enough to manage water and electrolytes due to acute conditions such as shocks from various reasons, and acute tubular necrosis denotes what can be seen in kidney tissue under microscopic exam if biopsy is done, but not necessary for almost all cases. Clinically, they all tell us kidneys not working enough from acute causes. ...Read more

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How are loop duretics used for acute renal failure and CHF though ther are contraindicaticated in borderline RF and CHF?

Medicine vs. Poison: There's a saying in healthcare: "medicines & poisons r the same chemicals given with different intent". If u r volume overloaded in acute renal failure or CHF, then u need volume reduction. The easiest & fastest way is diuretics, which "force" the kidney to get rid of water, tho side effects can occur (so u have to b monitored). If there is no volume overload in renal failure, skip the side effect ...Read more

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Can a person survive prerenal acute renal failure due to severe dehydration without medical help? If so, what are the consequences of not gettin help?

Can a person survive prerenal acute renal failure due to severe dehydration without medical help? If so, what are the consequences of not gettin help?

Not advised: Yes, but just because something can be done means that it should be down. A prolonged prerenal state can lead to severe tubular necrosis which is not quickly or always 100% reversible. Prolonged renal failure (prerenal or otherwise) if severe enough puts the individual at risk of death from chemical abnormalities and uremia. Short term risk death, if survives long term risk incomplete recovery. ...Read more

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Can my mom safely have a baby if she has acute renal failure on chronic renal failure?

Can my mom safely have a baby if she has acute renal failure on chronic renal failure?

Consult Kidney Dr: The stress of a pregnancy can easily worsen someone's renal failure. The issue should be discussed in detail with the kidney doctors who know the case. My limited experience with the issue did not go well. ...Read more

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What are some medications that can cause acute renal failure?

What are some medications that can cause acute renal failure?

Lidney Toxic meds: Otc meds that are often toxic are nsaids like Motrin alleve and Aspirin (not low dose). Antihistamine decongestants can cause urinary retention in men with large prostates. Some prescription hypertension meds can shut down the kidney (ace or renin inhibitors or blockers). Some antibiotics, psychiatric and chemotherapy meds are directly toxic. Many drugs can cause allergic kidney reactions. ...Read more

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What is the difference between acute renal failure and end-stage renal failure?

Renal failure: Acute renal failure: seen in a healthy person who develops an illness (e.g. hemolytic uremic syndrome [in children] or septic shock and multiple organ dysfunction) that leads to renal failure. Often it resolves. End-stage renal disease implies that the problem has been there for weeks/months, is not going to resolve and the person may need kidney transplant ...Read more

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Can you please explain why ffp is given to acute renal failure patient?

Can you please explain why ffp is given to acute renal failure patient?

Risk of bleed: Ffp has coagulation factors and is usually given to decrease the risk of bleeding. Some kidney diseases are also associated with abnrmalities in coagulation, therefore may need ffp. Kidney disease per se can increase the bleeding risk as some cells do not work well in kidney failure. Usually FFP are given when there is ongoing bleed, or there is high risk of bleed, or when procedure is planned. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for acute renal failure?

What is the treatment for acute renal failure?

Renal failure: Acute renal failure requires close attention to volume status, acid-base status, electrolytes, and any signs of uremia. These events might signal a need for urgent dialysis. Avoiding exposure to nephrotoxic meds is necessary. Studies to rule out obstruction (u/s usually) are necessary as well. ...Read more

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What is the difference between acute renal failure and ESRD?

Differences: Acute is something abrupt and may go away. ESRD is end-stage renal disease and will not go away. It will only get worse and requires significant involvement on the part of a bunch of highly trained/skilled healthcare providers/professionals (MDs, nurses, dietitians, etc.) ...Read more

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How effective is bumetanide for treating acute renal failure?

Bumetanide: Where Lasix (furosemide) has failed bumetanide may succeed according to some peer reviewed publications. It has however, been less studied than Lasix (furosemide) in treating acute renal failure patients. ...Read more

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How often could kidney function return if you suffered from acute renal failure?

Renal failure: Most people recover renal function (rf) between 2-3 weeks of their going into acute kidney failure (akf). A times, it may take up to 3 months to recover it. The longer it takes to recover (rf), the less likely it is that renal function will return to pre-akf levels. Ask a neprhologist for more information. ...Read more

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How often does kidney function fully return if you've suffered from acute renal failure?

How often does kidney function fully return if you've suffered from acute renal failure?

Depends on disease: Acute kidney failure is a condition due to many different reasons. If the reason resolves the disease resolves usually with a mild residual. However, the time frame depends on reason and kind of kidney failure and even varies within the same kind depending on degree of involvement and health and age of the patient. ...Read more

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My husband thinks that he has kidney stones and people keep mentioning something else called acute renal failure. What is that?

Different condition: Acute renal failure (called acute kidney injury) is a short term kidney weakness which is likely to resolve or go on to become long term (chronic kidney disease) if cause is not corrected. One of the causes of acute kidney failure is stone disease. Other causes include enlarged prostate. ...Read more

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My mom is in the hospital in icu and has acute renal failure and ards, what is prognosis?

My mom is in the hospital in icu and has acute renal failure and ards, what is prognosis?

Speak w/ icu doc...: There are some calculators that have been developed to predict mortality in the icu. These are for specific populations and may not pertain to your mother, but it'd be good to discuss more in depth with your mother's ICU doctor. One of these measures is called the apache score. A more indepth conversation should involve goals of care, and how invasive your mother would want medical care to be. ...Read more

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I have wegeners, complete with nasal and palate perforations. I had acute renal failure, am on treatment and having relapses. Odds for survival?

I have wegeners, complete with nasal and palate perforations. I had acute renal failure, am on treatment and having relapses. Odds for survival?

Fair to good: Acute kidney failure can be reversed in healthy individuals. Wagener's is present so recovery may never be complete. The only thing I know, other than your social drinking, about your medical history is your intake of cyclophosphamide. There are other medications like imuran, (azathioprine) methotrexate, etc. Used in the treatment of wagener's that have promising positive results. Visit the mayo clinic. ...Read more

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How effective is dialysis for treating acute renal failure?

How effective is dialysis for treating acute renal failure?

Treating ARF: When used correctly and the underlying reason is also treated correctly, you cannot beat the combination of medical management of ARF along with prudent dialysis. ...Read more

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Can herbs cure acute renal failure? Is there any treatment for acute renal failure in herbal medicine?

The: The short answer here is no. There are many herbal remedies and treatments which have been shown to cause acute renal failure but none that reverse it. Be sure to distinguish acute (rapid in onset and usually with a known cause and therefore sometimes reversible though may require temporary dialysis) from chronic (kidneys damaged beyond repair leading to permanent dialysis). Acute renal failure has many causes; dehydration, trauma, medications, drugs, toxins, infection, and obstruction are some of the more common. Particularly when renal failure is due to toxins, medications, or dehydration, conservative therapy (time, hydration, avoiding nephrotoxins) is the best treatment. There is no quality data to support any herbal therapies for acute renal failure. There is also poor regulation over ingredients and effects of herbal therapies and many are nephrotoxic. Work closely with your doctor to stay hydrated and modify your diet if you are looking for more natural approaches. ...Read more

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My daughter is in hospital with acute renal failure...Her creatine level is now 11.2 it has continured to go up. Dialysis or what help?

Her doctors know: Trust her doctors, they will provide the most appropriate treatment. There are too many variables in this case to be able to give you any answer other than to keep an open communication with her doctors and nurses. ...Read more

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What is the difference between acute renal failure and end-stage renal failure? What is asthma? Can you tell me if someone is put on life support do they induce a coma or can that person b awake just.

A lot of information: acute renal failure when the kidney get insulted right now, and it has the potential to turn around, and becomes normal again.
end stage renal disease is when the kidney are no longer working, to the point it required dialysis, and there is no hope of turning around, beside dialysis, patient might need a kidney transplant.
not everybody on life support required induced coma, unless the problem in brain. ...Read more

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Why is the mortality risk so high for icu patients having acute renal failure? If you are already in the hospital, can't you start dialysis quickly?

Renal failure death: Patients in the ICU who have a acute kidney failure (akf) have something that caused it, usually hypotension. The are very sick and have multi-systemic problems and may have an overwhelming infection leading to their akf. Although dialysis can replace kidney function lost in akf, it cannot perform any of the functions of other organs in the body. They need more than just kidney function to live. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Rubin
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Acute Renal Failure (Definition)

Acute renal failure, also known as acute kidney failure, occurs when your body is unable to clear out the products of metabolism that are normally filtered and excreted by your kidneys. Accute renal failure can be caused by the obstruction of urine flow, infection, severe metabolic ...Read more


Dr. Shari Jackson
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Laboratory (Definition)

Is facility that provides controlled conditions in which scientific research, experiments & measurements are performed. An example is medical (clinical) lab where tests are done on clinical specimens in order to get info. About the health of a patient in terms ...Read more