Acute renal failure

Common Name(s)

Acute renal failure, ARF, Acute kidney failure

Acute renal failure (ARF), or acute kidney failure, occurs when the kidneys are not able to remove waste from the blood. ARF develops quickly, within a few hours or days. It most often happens to people already in the hospital especially those who are seriously ill. Other risk factors include being older, having diabetes, high blood pressure, heart failure, kidney disease, liver disease or blockages in the blood vessels in your arms or legs (peripheral artery disease).

Common symptoms of ARF may include decreased urination, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, confusion, or feeling tired or lacking energy. Swelling may occur as a result of the body retaining water and may be visible in the legs, ankles, or feet. Chest pain or pressure may occur. In severe cases, seizures or a coma may result from ARF. Sometimes there are no signs or symptoms.

ARF may be diagnosed by measuring urine output, performing urine and blood tests as well as ultrasounds or CT scans of the kidney. Sometimes a kidney biopsy will be performed in which a doctor removes a small piece of kidney tissue using a small thin needle so the tissue can be tested. ARF is a serious illness which may be fatal but many people are able to recover fully with intensive medical care. Treatment and recovery depends on the underlying cause of the kidney failure, but may include diet and liquid restrictions, medication, and short term dialysis. Dialysis is a process in which your blood is filtered through a machine that removes waste so that your blood can then be returned to your body. It is used when kidney damage is severe. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with acute renal failure, talk to your physician and specialists about the most current treatment options.

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The terms "Acute renal failure" returned 1185 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Acute renal failure caused by rhabdomyolysis in children: a clinical analysis of 26 cases].
 

Author(s): Fan-Ying Meng, Xiao-Rong Liu, Qian Fu

Journal: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke Za Zhi. 2017 Feb;19(2):193-197.

 

To investigate the clinical features and prognosis of acute renal failure (ARF) caused by rhabdomyolysis (RM) in children.

Last Updated: 16 Feb 2017

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Levosimendan as a treatment for acute renal failure associated with cardiogenic shock after hip fracture.
 

Author(s): Fabiola Quinteros Hinojosa, Margarita Revelo, Alexander Salazar, Genaro Maggi, Renato Schiraldi, Nicolas Brogly, Fernando Gilsanz

Journal: Braz J Anesthesiol. ;67(1):89-91.

 

Inotropic drugs are part of the treatment of heart failure; however, inotropic treatment has been largely debated due to the increased incidence of adverse effects and increased mortality. Recently levosimendan, an inotropic positive agent, has been proved to be effective in acute ...

Last Updated: 26 Dec 2016

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A fatty cause of acute renal failure.
 

Author(s): W E van Spil, E Steenbergen, J C Verhave

Journal: Neth J Med. 2016 Oct;74(8):365.

 

Last Updated: 20 Oct 2016

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The terms "Acute renal failure" returned 118 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Serotonin Syndrome Induced by Combined Use of Mirtazapine and Olanzapine Complicated with Rhabdomyolysis, Acute Renal Failure, and Acute Pulmonary Edema-A Case Report.
 

Author(s): Chi-Shun Wu, Show-Hwa Tong, Cheung-Ter Ong, Sheng-Feng Sung

Journal: Acta Neurol Taiwan. 2015 Dec;24(4):117-21.

 

Serotonin syndrome is a potentially life-threatening complication of serotonergic agents. Although mirtazapine is a relatively safe antidepressant and has a comparatively low incidence of side effects, it still could induce serotonin syndrome.

Last Updated: 23 Jun 2016

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A New Differential Diagnosis: Synthetic Cannabinoids-Associated Acute Renal Failure.
 

Author(s): Vineet S Gudsoorkar, Jose A Perez

Journal: Methodist Debakey Cardiovasc J. ;11(3):189-91.

 

Synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) are herbal blends that use plant material with varying concentrations of synthetic analogues of cannabinoids. These products are sold as incense or potpourri and are labeled "Not for human use." Even so, rates of abuse are rapidly increasing worldwide, ...

Last Updated: 4 Dec 2015

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The dose-dependent effect of nesiritide on renal function in patients with acute decompensated heart failure: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
 

Author(s): Bo Xiong, Chunbin Wang, Yuanqing Yao, Yuwen Huang, Jie Tan, Yin Cao, Yanke Zou, Jing Huang

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Conflicting renal effects of nesiritide have been reported in patients with acute decompensated heart failure. To answer this controversy, we performed a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials to evaluate the influence of nesiritide on renal function in patients with acute ...

Last Updated: 25 Jun 2015

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Measurement of Iohexol Plasma Clearance in Patients Leaving ICU After Acute Renal Failure
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Acute Renal Failure

 

Last Updated: 26 Jun 2017

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Venous Congestion and Acute Renal Failure in Cardiac Surgery Postoperative
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Acute Renal Failure (ARF)

 

Last Updated: 5 Jan 2017

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Incidence of Acute Renal Failure Associated With Iodinated Contrast Agents in Pediatrics
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Acute Renal Insufficiency

 

Last Updated: 12 Dec 2016

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