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Dr. Fred McCurdy
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Acute Kidney Failure (Overview)

An abrupt loss of renal function as determined (usually) by a rise in the serum creatinine. Definitions vary, a rise in creatinine of as little as 0.2mg/dl in a smaller person could be significant. There is no consistent description. It could be asymptomatic or the patient plagued with edema, lack of urine, sob, protein and or blood in the urine. Pain and dysuria could be present.


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For how long does acute kidney failure last?

For how long does acute kidney failure last?

Acute renal failure: Most patients with acute renal failure (a) start to recover their renal function in less than 3 weeks. Some, and older, patients can take longer to recover their renal function, up to 3-4 months. If the renal failure is not resolved in 3 weeks, ask the nephrologist involved in the patient's care for a better answer to your question. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Fred McCurdy
98 doctors shared insights

Acute Kidney Failure (Overview)

An abrupt loss of renal function as determined (usually) by a rise in the serum creatinine. Definitions vary, a rise in creatinine of as little as 0.2mg/dl in a smaller person could be significant. There is no consistent description. It could be asymptomatic or the patient plagued with edema, lack of urine, sob, protein and or blood in the urine. Pain and dysuria could be present.


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Managing Kidney Dialysis (Tip)

Managing Kidney Dialysis

If fasting labs show kidney failure, ask to recheck them when you're well-hydrated. ...See more

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Managing Mild Kidney Failure (Checklist)

Make certain your blood pressure is at the low prescribed target
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Make certain your cholesterol has been monitored and treated
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Make certain your blood sugars are well managed
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Minimize weight gain and lose weight if you are overweight.
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What are symptoms of acute kidney failure?

What are symptoms of acute kidney failure?

Low urine output: Acute kidney failure results in low or no urine output, fluid overload, and hypertension. ...Read more

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What are signs of acute kidney failure?

What are signs of acute kidney failure?

Decrease urination: There are multiple signs of acute renal failure (arf). The first sign that must people realize is a decrease in urine output as well as noticeable swelling in their lower extremities. ARF can also be detected by your doctor by blood and urine tests. If you have severe forms of arf, then you develop decrease in appetite, insomnia and anemia. ...Read more

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Managing Kidney Dialysis (Tip)

Managing Kidney Dialysis

Do any of my medications need to be adjusted or stopped because of my kidney failure? ...See more

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What are some symptoms of acute kidney failure?

What are some symptoms of acute kidney failure?

Symptoms of ARF: Symptoms of acute renal failure (ARF) may include: little or no urine when, swelling of legs and feet, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, feeling confused, anxious and restless, or sleepy, pain in the back just below the rib cage, or no symptoms at all. Go to the website to read more about arf: http://www.Webmd.Com/a-to-z-guides/acute-renal-failure-topic-overview. ...Read more

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Are there tests to diagnose acute kidney failure?

Are there tests to diagnose acute kidney failure?

Yes: Blood tests like BUN and creatinine and the glomerular filtration rate or GFR in blood are the most readily available tests. Comparing these numbers to previous will guide the diagnosis of acute versus chronic. ...Read more

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Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


Dr. Tarek Naguib
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Kidney Failure (Definition)

The kidneys do several tasks. Dialysis is necessary when one or more of the following occur, that can't be remedied or palliated with medications: 1. Insufficient clearance of daily toxins in food and metabolic waste 2. Insufficient clearance of excess water 3. Dangerous electrolyte imbalance, ...Read more