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Acute Kidney Damage

Written by Andrew Sarski on February 25, 2011
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Symptoms and Treatment of Acute Kidney Failure

Acute kidney failure typically occurs with rapid progression. In the early stages of the disease, some people may experience no symptoms or the symptoms may be very subtle. Others may experience severe symptoms. The most common symptoms of acute kidney damage include:

  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Body swelling
  • Decreased urine production
  • Problems concentrating
  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Abdominal pain

In more severe cases of acute kidney failure, seizures and coma may occur. Individuals suffering from acute kidney damage will likely be referred to a nephrologist, or kidney specialist, for care. Proper treatment of this condition is determined by its cause and severity. The main goal of treatment is to locate and address the cause of the damage. Drug-related kidney damage will result in immediate termination or a decreased dosage of the drug. Typical treatments for acute kidney damage also attempt to correct dehydration, increase blood flow to the kidney, and correct electrolyte abnormalities. Effective treatment will result in full or partial restoration of kidney function. Unfortunately, dialysis may be necessary for individuals who have accumulated large amounts of wastes and water which are affecting the body.

Acute Kidney Damage Complications

Many individuals who suffer from acute kidney damage will recover once the factor responsible for the damage is removed. However, in some cases, residual damage will only allow partial recovery of kidney function, and these individuals may require medications to supplement lost kidney function. Complications associated with kidney damage include high blood pressure, damage to the heart or nervous system, chronic kidney failure, end-stage kidney disease, and loss of blood to the intestines.

Pharmacuetical Kidney Damage Legal Help

Acute kidney failure occurs in approximately five percent of people who are hospitalized for any reason. Acute kidney damage is a life-threatening condition which may require intensive treatment. There are a number of serious complications that may result from acute kidney damage, and in severe cases, chronic renal failure may occur, which can be fatal. Victims of acute kidney damage caused by pharmaceutical drugs are not at fault and deserve to receive compensation for their injuries. Defective drug attorneys have the experience and qualification necessary to effectively represent your case. If you or a loved one has suffered from acute kidney damage and you believe pharmaceuticals to be the cause, contact a defective drug lawyer to discuss the benefits of filing a defective drug lawsuit.

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