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Acute Renal Failure

Acute Renal Failure: Introduction

Acute Renal Failure: Acute renal failure (ARF) is the sudden onset of kidney failure. This can be caused by an accident that injures the kidneys, loss of a ... more about Acute Renal Failure.

Acute Renal Failure: Syndrome characterised by rapid decline in kidney function with accumulation of waste products in the blood, occurring over a period of days to weeks. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Acute Renal Failure is available below.

Symptoms of Acute Renal Failure

Treatments for Acute Renal Failure

  • Treat underlying cause of renal failure eg antibiotics for sepsis or kidney infection, removal of urinary tract obstruction
  • Fluid replacement if hypovolemic - IV fluids, blood or plasma transfusion
  • Sodium bicarbonate IV if patient has metabolic acidosis
  • Correct high potassium (hyperkalemia) - IV calcium gluconate, insulin
  • Give oxygen
  • more treatments...»

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Acute Renal Failure: Complications

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  • Pulmonary oedema, high potassium levels in blood (hyperkalemia), cardiac arrythmias, encephalopathy, pericarditis
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Causes of Acute Renal Failure

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Article Excerpts about Acute Renal Failure

Acute renal failure (ARF) is the sudden onset of kidney failure. This can be caused by an accident that injures the kidneys, loss of a lot of blood, or some drugs or poisons. ARF may lead to permanent loss of kidney function. But if the kidneys are not seriously damaged, they may recover. (Source: excerpt from Your Urinary System and How It Works: NIDDK)

Definitions of Acute Renal Failure:

A clinical syndrome characterized by a sudden decrease in glomerular filtration rate, often to values of less than 1 to 2 ml per minute. It is usually associated with oliguria (urine volumes of less than 400 ml per day) and is always associated with biochemical consequences of the reduction in glomerular filtration rate such as a rise in blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and serum creatinine concentrations. - (Source - Diseases Database)

Renal failure associated with burns or other trauma or with acute infection or obstruction of the urinary tract - (Source - WordNet 2.1)


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