Written by Andrew Sarski on March 3, 2011
Kidney Damage Described
Kidney disease, also known as renal failure, is a condition referring to any type of damage to the kidneys which results in impaired kidney function. There are two types of kidney disease: acute kidney disease develops quickly, typically over a period of several days or weeks, while chronic kidney disease occurs over a longer period of time, sometimes years. The degree of chronic renal failure occurs in stages, ranging from mild to moderate, to severe and complete failure. During the later stages of chronic kidney disease, victims may suffer from end-stage renal failure, which occurs when the kidneys can no longer function enough for survival.
Kidney Damage Symptoms and Complications
During the early stages of kidney damage, the individual may experience no symptoms. As the disease progresses and kidney function decreases, victims of kidney damage may suffer from weakness, shortness of breath, swelling and lethargy due to a build-up of waste products in the blood. If left untreated, kidney failure may cause the body to become more acidic, leading to the failure of other vital organs, including the heart. Because of the body’s inhibited function, potassium levels may rise, resulting in potentially fatal heart-related disorders. Increased levels of urea and decreased calcium levels may cause inhibited brain function, inflammation of the heart, and decreased muscle function. If the kidneys are unable to stimulate red blood cell production, the blood’s oxygen-carrying capacity is decreased, resulting in a lack of oxygen being delivered to vital organs and cells, which may cause organ failure and death.
Kidney Damage Treatment
The first step towards treating kidney damage is recognizing and addressing the potential cause or causes of the disease. Victims of kidney damage will typically require dietary restrictions including monitoring protein, sodium, phosphate, potassium and water consumption. Individuals who suffer from anemia will be treated with intravenous iron supplements and may also require transfusions in severe instances. Although drug therapy has proven a successful treatment method for kidney damage, the body may be unable to effectively excrete medications, forcing physicians to proceed with extreme caution. In severe cases of kidney disease, the kidneys may not even be able to function adequately for daily survival, requiring the victim to receive dialysis. Dialysis is the process by which the blood is cleansed using an artificial kidney.
Kidney Damage from Defective Products Legal Help
Kidney damage can have catastrophic consequences for an affected person, especially if the condition isn’t immediately recognized and treated. If you or a loved one has suffered from kidney damage and you believe exposure to a particular defective product to be the cause, contact a defective product attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to reimbursement for your injuries and a qualified defective product lawyer can inform you of the benefits of filing a defective product lawsuit. The goal of a defective product lawsuit is to seek financial compensation for your injuries, the medical expenses associated with injury treatment, and the pain and suffering sustained by you and your family. Defective product attorneys have the knowledge and experience in defective product litigation to help victims of kidney damage develop a quality case and collect the compensation they deserve.