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.

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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?

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...

I have acute kidney failure and dehydration. They only give me iv fluid. What do I do?

Common. Most renal failure cases are due to dehydration and per iv fluid challenge respond nicely. For as long as you make urine there is a good chance to complete recovery. It will still be important to better understand the conditions that led to renal failure and that are preventable in the future. Read more...
Correct treatment. That is the treatment for acute kidney failure due to dehydration. Talk to your doc in the hospital to explain what is going on and all your treatment options. Don't be afraid to ask questions, politely. It is also okay if you are feeling doubtful, to ask for a second opinion. Read more...

What are the tests for acute kidney failure?

Other tests. I agree with the previous doctor, beyond blood tests you can also check the size of your kidney with an ultrasound. There are also specific biomarkers- expensive blood tests- to monitor any damage to the kidney if you have experienced any kidney failure. The main test is the creatinine- a protein measured in the blood If its high it means your kidney may have sustained some damage. Read more...

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...

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...
ARF & Elderly. 3 main causes: 1) sudden drop in blood pressure for any cause; 2) medications such as nsaids, certain antibiotics; 3) blockage of the urinary tract such as a kidney stone, a tumor, or an critically enlarged prostate in males. Go here to read more: http://www.Webmd.Com/a-to-z-guides/acute-renal-failure-topic-overview. Read more...

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...
Probably not. Once kidneys have become small, they are very diseased. If the acute kidney failure does recover (which we would certainly hope happens) it is unlikely that normal kidney function would be attained. If sufficient recovery to stay off of dialysis does happen, it is important to treat those kidneys as gently as possible with excellent BP control and avoidance of injury from meds or contrast dye. Read more...