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If you have acute kidney failure do you need dialysis?

If you have acute kidney failure do you need dialysis?

Not necessarily: It depends on the cause and the degree of injury. A toxic drug that is ingested or an infection may injure the kidneys, but after it is removed or metabolized away the kidneys may recover. ...Read more

Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more


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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

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How long it takes to get back to normal after an episode of acute kidney failure?

How long it takes to get back to normal after an episode of acute kidney failure?

Depends: If you have a less severe form of acute renal failure (ARF) like dehydration then probably a couple of days. However, if you have a more severe form of ARF like a glomerulonephritis or infection causing acute tubular necrosis, the you're recovering time might take weeks. In the severe form, you also may never get back to normal kidney function as well. ...Read more

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Having acute kidney failure for the second time in two years.why does this keep happening?long term effects?I drink alcohol, does that effect it?

Having acute kidney failure for the second time in two years.why does this keep happening?long term effects?I drink alcohol, does that effect it?

Alcohol: Is very much a cause as it can lead to dehydration. Even though you think you are drinking plenty of fluids you are not. Do yourself a favor stop the booze, drink water. See a nephrologist as you are at risk for chronic kidney problems. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could acute kidney failure cause long-term muscle and nerve pain in back and legs?

Please tell me, could acute kidney failure cause long-term muscle and nerve pain in back and legs?

Possibly: Sometimes people that have kidney failure can develop neuropathies that can cause back and leg pain. However on top of that you can always still have normal back pain issues like arthritis, pinched nerve or sciatica from a slipped or herniated disc. Recommend getting evaluated by a spine specialist for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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What can cause acute kidney failure?

What can cause acute kidney failure?

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

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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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What is the definition or description of: acute kidney failure?

What is the definition or description of: acute kidney failure?

Labs : 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. ...Read more

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Any natural medicine help in acute kidney failure?

Here are some ...: The first step to manage acute renal failure is to identify potential underlying causes and decide if something could be modified hoping to improve patient's inside and outside environments so to allow patient's body to undergo self-healng process for optimal functional recovery with self residual strength. So, work with Doc cl and realistically. ...Read more

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What usually causes acute kidney failure in the elderly?

What usually causes acute kidney failure in the elderly?

Meds and Dehydration: Acute kidney failure occurs predominantly from newly prescribed medications like a diuretic (hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) or lasix) or from certain anti-hypertensive medications like an ace or arb (enalapril or cozaar). Also, akf occurs in the elderly if they do not get enough water intake especially in warm environments when they sweat a lot. ...Read more

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Are there over-the-counter medicine that cause acute kidney failure?

Are there over-the-counter medicine that cause acute kidney failure?

Yes: Nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen can trigger kidney injury especially with fever, dehydration and the presence of other drugs or illnesses. ...Read more

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Can acute kidney failure recover even if the kidney shrunk and has igan?

Depends : If your ultrasound shows shrunken or small kidneys then there could be considerable fibrosis which is not reversible. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter medicine that can cause acute kidney failure?

Is there an over-the-counter medicine that can cause acute kidney failure?

Yes: Nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen can trigger kidney injury especially with fever, dehydration and the presence of other drugs or illnesses. ...Read more

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Can acute kidney failure recover even if the kidney shrunk and has igan?

Not likely: Once the kidney has become smaller there is scar tissue within that represents irreversible damage, regardless of which disease is involved. If some kidney function returns it is not likely to be normal and careful attention to preservation of the amount that is retained will be extremely important. ...Read more

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How would the urine of a person suffering from acute kidney failure be different from a healthy person?

How would the urine of a person suffering from acute kidney failure be different from a healthy person?

Cells,casts: Urinalyis in acute renal failure helps to determine the cause, rbcs and RBC casts indicate a glomerulonephritis, wbcs an infection and WBC casts pyelonephritis. Muddy brown casts indicate atn. These findings are absent in health.

The fractional excretion of sodium in typically higher in acute tubular necrosis vs prerenal states. The presence of protein and bile etc can help diagnose the problem. ...Read more

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Acute kidney failure caused by meds. Stopped meds and got better. Creatin level falling 1.9-1.7-1.6-1.3 at last test. Is this good?

Acute kidney failure caused by meds.  Stopped meds and got better.  Creatin level falling 1.9-1.7-1.6-1.3 at last test.  Is this good?

Yes: It appears your renal function is improving with each subsequent test. Many medications are metabolized through the kidneys and have the potential to cause renal issues. It appears your renal problem was diagnosed and treated appropriately and you are on the road to recovery. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could pyelonephritis cause acute kidney failure?

Yes: If your kidneys are already not working correctly or the infection goes for a long time untreated or both you can have acute renal failure. If you are concerned or believe you have problems with your kidneys, please see your doctor asap and have this investigated. ...Read more

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What causes acute kidney failure?

What causes acute kidney failure?

Toxic insults: Low blood pressure, interruption of blood flow, obstruction of urine flow, drug allergies, toxic drugs, autoimmune disease, heart failure, chronic liver disease, sepsis, underlying problems such as diabetes and myeloma increase the chance for renal failure.

There are many causes, most are evident upon inspection of the patient, this requires expert attention and action to reverse the process. ...Read more

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What could cause acute kidney failure?

Common causes: The answer is very long. Commonly, I encounter causes such as dehydration, sepsis, heart failure, drugs & obstruction to urinary flow. ...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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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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Please tell me what can cause acute kidney failure?

Acute renal failure: Acute renal failure (ARF) can arise from low blood pressure, from a loss of blood or sepsis, causing acute tubular necrosis of the kidneys. Other causes are nephrotoxic agents, such as nsaid's. And urinary obstruction. Rhabdomyolysis, multiple myeloma, and acutely elevated uric acid levels to cancer treating agents can cause arf. Most ARF cases can recover their kidney function once treated. ...Read more

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Can someone have acute kidney failure, not know it and die? Or would it eventually get severe enough to where they'd know they need to seek help?

Can someone have acute kidney failure, not know it and die? Or would it eventually get severe enough to where they'd know they need to seek help?

Acute = fast: Acute renal failure can act fast and as it gets severe you'd most likely know about it and seek help, but possibly not soon enough to reverse the condition. Similarly, the problem with chronic renal failure is that you may not catch it early enough to reverse or delay the progression of the disease. Testing can be pretty simple & good treatments frequently are effective so get checked by your doc. ...Read more

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What are treatments for acute kidney failure?

Varies with degree: Careful attention to fluid and nutrition may be sufficient for mild cases. Otherwise, various forms of dialysis can support the patient until their kidney function recovers. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for acute kidney failure?

Treating the cause: Causes are a wide array of possibilities. Based on the diagnosis the doctor will treat the cause. Also, the kidneys will sometimes need support with dialysis until the case recovers. Otherwise, the doctor will fill in for the kidneys in their relative absence from the job e.g. Adjusts electrolytes, hemoglobin, acidosis, blood pressure, edema until the kidneys return to duty and take over. ...Read more

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Does your tongue swell during acute kidney failure?

Does your tongue swell during acute kidney failure?

Swollen tongue: If your tongue is swollen and you have kidney problems or other health issues, you should discuss this with your own physician who is treating you, knows your complete medical history, medications, etc. And can actually examine you. Are you under the care of a dentist? If not, see both. ...Read more

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Do urine tests show evidence of acute kidney failure?

Yes: Blood creatinine levels most often lead to the diagnosis of acute kidney injury (aki) or failure. Some abnormalities on routine urine tests can indicate acute kidney damage. A number of urine markers of aki are being studied for early detection and may be available in the future. ...Read more

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