Kidney rupture is usually caused by a traumatic injury or direct blow to the front or sides of the abdomen, or low-to-mid back that tears or damages the organ. This type of injury is usually common in sports activities such as rugby, football, gymnastics, boxing, and horseback riding.
Renal failure or kidney rupture occurs when the kidneys stop functioning suddenly. The organ is no longer able to eliminate waste products and maintain a balance between the salt, water, and electrolytes in the blood. As a result, the wastes and fluids start accumulating in your body, ultimately leading to a ruptured kidney.
What could possibly cause a kidney to rupture?
A kidney rupture or injury can result from any of the following reasons -
Low intake of fluid
Exertion or trauma
Loss of blood/transfusion
Exposure to harmful substances
Exposure to heavy metals or mercury vapours
Nephrotoxic drug ingestion
Symptoms to watch out for
If you suspect a kidney rupture, you should look out for the following symptoms -
Blood in the urine, commonly known as hematuria
Mild to severe pain in the right or left abdomen
Pain in the lower back
Abdominal pain, swelling and bruising
A decrease in the flow of urine
Internal bleeding signs - dizziness, decreased alertness, blurred vision, fatigue, vomiting, nausea, low blood pressure
The symptoms, if ignored for too long, can be fatal in the long run. Once you identify the signs of kidney rupture, do not hesitate to get yourself diagnosed for the same. Early diagnosis and treatment can help manage the symptoms and help you live a healthier life.