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At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, our experienced nephrologists offer a wide range of diagnostic methods and treatment options for patients suffering from acute kidney failure. Our specialists work closely with patients to choose a personalized treatment plan that will best suit their individual needs.
Acute kidney failure, also known as acute renal failure (ARF) or acute kidney injury (AKI), occurs when the kidneys lose their capacity to filter toxins and other waste substances found in the blood. As a result, these substances remain in the blood and accumulate in dangerous amounts. This condition develops rapidly, between a few hours to a few days. It is more common in patients who are already suffering from other severe conditions, for whom the failure of the kidneys requires intensive care and treatment, otherwise it can become life-threatening. For people who have a generally good health, renal failure is reversible.
For most patients affected by acute kidney failure, treatment is done in a hospital setting. Because most cases of kidney failure occur as a result of an underlying disease, the treatments used will vary and will depend on the severity of the patient’s condition. The most important factor for a nephrologist, when deciding which treatment to apply, is identification of the underlying problem that caused the kidney failure in the first place. The second most important factor doctors consider when treating kidney failure is the prevention of any complications that might appear as a result of high levels of toxicity in the blood.
Some of the most common treatments and drugs employed by specialists when treating kidney failure are:
There are three types of acute renal failure:
Patients who suffer from kidney failure report the following symptoms:
When a patient shows signs of kidney failure, doctors usually recommend the following tests:
The most common risk factors for acute kidney failure are other underlying conditions that prevent the kidneys from functioning correctly. Some of these conditions are:
There are three main causes for the development of kidney failure: insufficient blood flow to the kidneys, kidney damage, and urinary obstructions.
Insufficient blood flow to the kidneys can occur as a result of certain conditions that affect normal blood flow such as:
Direct kidney damage occurs as a result of one or more of the following conditions:
Urinary tract obstruction happens when the elimination of urine becomes impossible due to one of the following conditions:
Acute kidney failure cannot be cured by using alternative medicine alone, as it is an extremely severe condition that requires immediate medical attention. However, certain alternative treatments can be useful in preventing kidney failure and in protecting the kidneys, such as:
Acute renal failure is not a disease that can easily be predicted or prevented, but there are certain things you can do to protect your kidneys, such as:
Pay extra attention when taking over-the-counter medications: Certain medications, especially those with anti-inflammatory or pain relieving properties can be dangerous for your kidneys, especially when used excessively or if you already suffer from hypertension or diabetes.
Discuss with your doctor: In order to effectively prevent kidney disease, you should visit your doctor regularly, especially if you are susceptible to kidney disorders due to your family history or due to underlying diseases.
Adopt a healthy lifestyle: Having a healthy lifestyle is not an easy task, but taking certain measures can greatly improve your health. Stay hydrated, eat a balanced diet low in sodium and fat, and avoid alcohol. These are all important steps in improving your lifestyle and avoiding kidney damage.
Do you suspect you might suffer from acute kidney failure? You can always learn more about renal problems and how to treat and cure them by getting in touch with our nephrologists at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital.
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