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Can Kidney Failure Cause Confusion
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
Acute (sudden): Renal failure has three main causes. A sudden, serious drop in blood flow to the kidneys. Heavy blood loss, an injury, or a bad infection called sepsis can reduce blood flow to the kidneys. Not enough fluid in the body (dehydration) can also harm the kidneys. Damage from some medicines, poisons, or infections. A sudden blockage that stops urine from flowing out of the kidneys (stones and tumors). ...Read more
Multiple causes: Shock from any cause, auto-immune nephritis, bilaleral ureteral obstruction, drug toxicity, liver failure etc. See the site below for more info http://www.Bing.Com/health/article/mayo-mads00280/acute-kidney-failure?Q=acute+renal+failure+causes&qpvt=acute+renal+failure+causes#causes. ...Read more
Yes: The malaria parasite lives and divides in the red blood cells. In some forms of malaria, there are so many parasites that the red cells start getting trapped in the small blood vessels, blocking blood flow. In addition there can be massive destruction of red cells in the blood vessels, fragments of which block smaller blood vessels. This can cause kidney failure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Heart failure can cause decreased blood flow to the kidneys, causing decreased renal function. Renal failure can also exacerbate heart failure by increasing blood pressure and decreasing salt elimation, resulting in intravascular volume overload, resulting in increased pressure in the chambers of the left side of the heart. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have not seen that: I have not seen herpes cause renal failure, but sometimes strange things can happen to an unlucky person with any disease. The medications to treat herpes, such as Acyclovir and valtrex, (valacyclovir) can cause renal failure if a patient already has decreased renal function, is taking large doses of the anti-virals, or is taking other medications (that also affect the kidneys) at the same time. ...Read more
Liver and Kidney: Its a great question and complicated. The syndrome is called hepatorenal syndrome which is often because the amount of blood flow to the kidney is lessened which causes kidney injury- is a simple explanation. It also may be related to the reasons that liver failure ensued: for example hepatitis, drug overdose, toxins etc. Great question! ...Read more
Possible : By itself, creatine is usually not toxic, and is actually a naturally occurring substance in the human body. However, it is known to cause inflammation in the kidney sometimes (interstitial nephritis) and is best avoided by people who have preexisting kidney damage. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/creatine/ns_patient-creatine/dsection=safety. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Preventing CRF: It all depends upon the condition that is causing your kidneys to fail. Some things can be reversed such as simple dehydration with acute renal failure. Many other things can be slowed down and other conditions cannot be reversed. So, it really comes down to what the condition is and how early it is in the evolution of the problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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