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Kidney Failure (Overview)

Kidney failure is a life-threatening medical condition in which the kidneys are no longer able to effectively remove waste from the body, leading to a toxic build up that damages vital organs including the heart and brain.


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What is the definition or description of: kidney failure?

Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
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What is the definition or description of: kidney failure?

Kidneys underperform: 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, including hyperkalemia and acidosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
572 doctors shared insights

Kidney Failure (Overview)

Kidney failure is a life-threatening medical condition in which the kidneys are no longer able to effectively remove waste from the body, leading to a toxic build up that damages vital organs including the heart and brain.


Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
26 years in practice
512K people helped
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How does kidney failure cause nausea?

Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
26 years in practice
512K people helped
How does kidney failure cause nausea?

Complex: Anemia (low blood cell count) commonly occurs in kidney failure and can cause nausea. More commonly, the uremic toxins (that the kidney normally filters), accumulate which suppresses appetite, causes, nausea, and can also cause confusion. ...Read more

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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)

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Is change in urine an early symptom of kidney failure?

Dr. Bac Nguyen
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Is change in urine an early symptom of kidney failure?

Not reliable: Your urine color/odor changes throughout the day--do you notice that couple of hours after consuming coffe you pee smell differently? Or after eating asparagus? Use of some meds/vitamin can change color of urine. So this is not reliable. If u have causes for concern for kidney disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure, lupus/arthritis, chronic med use etc...Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Bennett
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What are early symptoms of kidney failure?

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What are early symptoms of kidney failure?

RENAL FAILURE: There are very few symptoms until the kidney reserve function has been depleted. Tiredness, sometimes excessive voiding, sometimes much less to not voiding at all, thirst, confusion comes in the end. ...Read more

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Managing Kidney Dialysis (Tip)

Managing Kidney Dialysis

Serious condition; prevent kidney failure; control BP diabetes. ...See more

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Dr. Eduardo Haddad
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What are some of the symptoms or signs of kidney failure?

Dr. Eduardo Haddad
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
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What are some of the symptoms or signs of kidney failure?

Subtle: More often than not they are mild and easy to miss as just having a "flu" and being under the weather. They include: fatigue, poor appetite, increasing need to sleep but not waking up refreshed, nausea in the morning, lack of libido, muscle cramping and ultimately swelling, shortness of breath and low urine output. ...Read more

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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How do you know if you're experiencing kidney failure?

Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
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How do you know if you're experiencing kidney failure?

See below: A very low urine volume less than 400 ml/day , but generally speaking a blood test with an elevated creatinine level and a low calculated gfr, informs you that the kidney is not capable of getting rid of all the waste and you may still pass urine, however the kidneyis not all eliminating the waste . This is called uremia. ...Read more

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Esrd (Definition)

End stage renal disease (ESRD, or sometimes called chronic kidney disease), describes any condition where there is a progressive ...Read more


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