failure (also called acute renal failure) is the medical
condition in which the kidneys suddenly stop functioning. The kidneys
waste products and help balance water, salt and other minerals
in the blood. When the kidneys stop functioning, waste products,
electrolytes build up in the body. This can cause deadly problems.
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are 3 main causes for Acute kidney failure:-
* A sudden, serious reduction in blood flow to the
blood loss, an injury, or sepsis - a bad infection - can reduce blood
the kidneys. Inadequate fluid in the body (dehydration) can also harm
* Damage from some medicines, poisons, or
infections. Most people
do not develop any kidney problems from taking medicines. However,
have serious, long-term health problems are more prone than other
have a kidney problem from medicines. Examples of medicines that can
harm the kidneys include:-
Antibiotics like streptomycin and gentamicin.
Pain-killing medicines like ibuprofen and naproxen.
- * Some blood pressure medicines like ACE inhibitors.
- * The dyes used in some X-ray testing.
* A sudden blockage
that stops urine from
flowing out of the kidneys. Kidney stones, a tumour, an injury or an
prostate gland can cause a blockage.
There is a greater chance of getting acute kidney failure in case of:-
* An older adult.
* Long-term health problems such as kidney or liver disease,
diabetes, high blood pressure, heart failure, or obesity.
* Being very ill already in the hospital or intensive care
unit (ICU). Heart or abdominal (belly) surgery or a bone marrow
transplant can make patients more prone to kidney problems.
of acute kidney failure may include:-
or no urine when trying to urinate.
especially in the legs and feet.
and / or vomiting.
confused, anxious and restless or
in the back just below the rib cage - called flank pain.
people may not have any symptoms and for people who are
quite ill already, the problem that is causing the kidney injury may
cause other symptoms.
kidney failure is most often diagnosed during a hospital stay for another cause. If the patient is in the hospital already, tests done for other problems may detect the kidney problem.
If you are not in a hospital but have symptoms of kidney failure and consult a physician, the doctor will ask about your symptoms, what medicines you take and what tests you have undergone. The symptoms can help point to the cause of your kidney problem.
Urine and blood tests can check how well the kidneys are functioning. A chemistry screen can show if the levels of sodium (salt), potassium, and calcium are normal. You may have to undergo an ultrasound scan also - this imaging test lets the doctor see a picture of your kidneys.
Homoeopathy does not recognise the kidneys as mere organs of excretion or selective filtration but always recognises them in relation to the individual as a whole. The kidneys have a generalised function—the fluids coming to it and going out of it influence every organ, tissue and cell of the body. Kidney functions influence the complete vital economy of the body. Homoeopathic medicines do wonders in preventing the progression of the disease, haemodialysis and also in reducing the number of dialysis for such patients and avoiding renal transplantation. It is possible to heal the acute kidney failure also!