Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a sudden decrease in kidney function. This can happen over a period of hours or days, or in some cases, weeks. AKI used to be called acute renal failure. But kidney failure doesn't always happen with AKI. Common causes of this problem are dehydration, blood loss, and medicines.
When AKI happens, the kidneys have trouble removing waste and excess fluids from the body. The waste and fluids build up and become harmful.
Kidney function may go back to normal if the cause is treated. Your child's chance of a full recovery depends on what caused the acute kidney injury. It also depends on what other medical problems your child has. A machine may help your child's kidneys remove waste and fluids for a short time. This is called dialysis.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: April 3, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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