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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.


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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
100 doctors shared insights

Acute Kidney Failure (Overview)

An abrupt loss of renal function as determined (usually) by a rise in the serum creatinine.


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Acute kidney failure (Tip)

Do any of my medications need to be adjusted or stopped because of my kidney failure? ...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 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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Acute kidney failure (Tip)

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

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Treating Acute Bronchitis (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
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Take ibuprofen for pain
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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)

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