Kidney Failure occurs when kidneys stop functioning and there is a buildup of toxic products in the blood. Dangerous levels of waste products accumulate in blood’s chemical makeup leading to life-threatening consequences. Kidney Failure may either be chronic – caused by kidney disease, or acute- that which develops suddenly. Symptoms are:
• Decreased urine output
• Fluid retention in ankles, feet and legs
• Seizures or coma
• Chest pain or pressure
• Shortness of breath
HOW IS KIDNEY FAILURE DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosing kidney failure requires some specific lab tests. Your general physician may check for glomerular filtration rate (GFR). This is measured in five stages based on the severity of the condition.
HOW IS KIDNEY FAILURE TREATED?
Treatment is based on the severity of the condition. In some people, diet control can be helpful. Kidney transplant and dialysis are other treatment options.
DID YOU KNOW?
There are five different types of Kidney Failure that includes Acute Prerenal Kidney Failure, Acute Intrinsic Kidney Failure, Chronic Prerenal Kidney Failure, Chronic Intrinsic Kidney Failure and Chronic Post-Renal Kidney Failure.