Frequently Asked Questions

Acute Kidney Injury, Ambulatory Care

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Acute kidney injury

happens when your kidneys suddenly stop working correctly. Normally, the kidneys turn fluid, chemicals, and waste from your blood into urine. In acute kidney injury, your kidneys can no longer do this. In most cases, it is temporary, but it may become a chronic kidney condition.

Common symptoms include the following:

  • Decreased urination or dark-colored urine

  • Swelling in your arms, legs, or feet

  • Abdominal or low back pain

  • Vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite

  • Fatigue

  • Skin rash

Seek immediate care for the following symptoms:

  • Heart beating faster than normal for you

  • Sudden chest pain or trouble breathing

  • Seizure

Treatment for acute kidney injury:

Treatment depends upon the cause of your acute kidney injury and how severe it is. Medicines may be given to increase blood flow to your kidneys and protect your kidneys. You may also need medicine to decrease inflammation in your kidneys. You may be given IV fluids to replenish fluids and help your heart pump blood. Dialysis may be needed to remove chemicals and waste from your blood when your kidneys cannot.

Manage acute kidney injury:

  • Manage other health conditions. Care for your diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease. These conditions increase your risk for acute kidney injury.

  • Talk to your healthcare provider before you take over-the-counter-medicine. NSAIDs, stomach medicine, or laxatives may harm your kidneys and increase your risk for acute kidney injury.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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