Acute kidney injury happens suddenly, which can cause your kidneys to fail within a few hours or within a few days. The good news is it’s reversible if it’s treated quickly. However, it can also cause permanent damage, chronic kidney disease, and kidney failure.
This condition can occur in anyone, but it mostly happens in people who are:
You’re also at risk if you have other chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, or peripheral artery disease.
Acute kidney injury can develop from several health issues, including:
Blood can struggle to reach your kidneys for various reasons, including:
The overuse of over-the-counter medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium can also cause acute kidney injury.
Causes of urinary tract blockage include:
Nerve damage to the nerves that control your bladder can also cause a blockage.
If you have a severe case of acute kidney injury, you could fall into a coma. If this occurs, your caregiver should call 911 immediately.
The team at Kidney Doctors of South Texas, PA: Keith A. Ramos, MD, first runs tests to determine if you have acute kidney injury. If diagnosed with it, they identify the cause to determine your treatment.
Dr. Ramos might prescribe medications to balance the fluid in your blood. For example, you might have too much fluid, which can lead to swelling in your arms and legs. In this case, Dr. Ramos may recommend taking diuretics to expel the fluid from your body.
On the other hand, you could have a lack of fluids in your blood, which might require giving you fluids intravenously.
You may also need hemodialysis to filter your blood until your kidneys make a full recovery.
If you suffer from acute kidney injury, call Kidney Doctors of South Texas, PA, as soon as possible or book your appointment online.