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Dr. Jack Rubin
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Acute Renal Failure (Overview)

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 problems, drugs, or poisoning.


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

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

Dr. Jack Rubin
85 Doctors shared insights

Acute Renal Failure (Overview)

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 problems, drugs, or poisoning.


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What are some symptoms of acute renal failure?

What are some symptoms of acute renal failure?

Low urine output: Some common symptoms and signs of acute renal failure are low urine output (oliguria), edema, and high blood pressure. ...Read more

Dr. Colin Kerr Dr. Kerr
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Acute renal failure (Tip)

Kidney failure caused by renal artery narrowing does not need surgery as long as medications work. ...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 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 are the complications of acute renal failure?

What are the complications of acute renal failure?

Several: High potassium, fluid overload, metabolic acidosis, these problems can lead to heart failure, cardiac rythym disturbances and even death. ...Read more

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Acute renal failure (Tip)

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

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily. Alert doctor to any increases.
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Take medications as prescribed
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Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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What is acute renal failure?

What is acute renal failure?

Acute renal failure: This is when your kidneys abruptly stop working or greatly slow down in their ability to clean the blood of things that you body does not need. Many substances normally removed by the kidney are potentially harmful if they build up in your blood. Examples of this are too much acid, potentially harmful byproducts of drugs you are taking, and the end products of protein metabolism. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of acute renal failure?

Low urine output: Some common symptoms and signs of acute renal failure are low urine output (oliguria), edema, and high blood pressure. ...Read more

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Acute renal failure (Tip)

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 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 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

Dr. Raj Singh Dr. Singh
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Acute renal failure (Tip)

Myth: kidney pain is uncommon and most patients with kidney failure never have discomfort in back. ...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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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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Acute renal failure (Tip)

Do - keep diabetes under control with your doctor's help. It is a risk factor for kidney failure. ...See more

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
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Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
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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


Dr. Fred McCurdy
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Acute Kidney Failure (Definition)

An abrupt loss of renal function as determined (usually) by a rise ...Read more