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What happens when the kidneys fail?

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Theresa Yang
General Practice
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In brief: It depends

Acute kidney failure can happen for several reasons (blood loss, obstruction, toxin damage, immune response to name a few).
The kidneys lose the ability to produce urine and eliminate waste, and you can get electrolyte imbalances, uremia, and acid base imbalances. If the damage happens over a longer period of time, you can get hypertension, heart failure, bone fractures, and anemia.

In brief: It depends

Acute kidney failure can happen for several reasons (blood loss, obstruction, toxin damage, immune response to name a few).
The kidneys lose the ability to produce urine and eliminate waste, and you can get electrolyte imbalances, uremia, and acid base imbalances. If the damage happens over a longer period of time, you can get hypertension, heart failure, bone fractures, and anemia.
Theresa Yang
Theresa Yang
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Dr. Camilo Barcenas
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis

In brief: Uremia develops.

The body is unable to remove many of the toxins that originate from food and internal metabolism ;this leads to multiple malfunctions including hypertension, fluid retention, anemia, and eventually death from uremia.

In brief: Uremia develops.

The body is unable to remove many of the toxins that originate from food and internal metabolism ;this leads to multiple malfunctions including hypertension, fluid retention, anemia, and eventually death from uremia.
Dr. Camilo Barcenas
Dr. Camilo Barcenas
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