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What do I need to know about acute kidney failure?

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When your kidneys are damaged, they stop working like they should. This could happen because of another health condition, like diabetes. A decrease in kidney function that happens over time is called chronic kidney failure.

When your kidneys stop working suddenly, you have what doctors call acute kidney failure (or acute renal failure). It can happen over just a few hours or days.

Acute kidney failure isn’t always permanent. If you get treatment right away -- and if you don’t have other serious health problems -- your kidneys may go back to working like normal.

From: What is Acute Kidney Failure? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Kidney Fund: “Kidney Failure/ESRD.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Kidney Failure.”

Mayo Clinic: “Acute Kidney Failure.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Kidney Disease: What to Expect.”

Merck Manuals: “Acute Kidney Injury.”

University of New Mexico health Sciences Center: “Electrolyte Imbalance.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 23, 2018

SOURCES:

American Kidney Fund: “Kidney Failure/ESRD.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Kidney Failure.”

Mayo Clinic: “Acute Kidney Failure.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Kidney Disease: What to Expect.”

Merck Manuals: “Acute Kidney Injury.”

University of New Mexico health Sciences Center: “Electrolyte Imbalance.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 23, 2018

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