Kidney Failure (Renal Failure)

Are Kidney Failure and Renal Failure the Same Thing? 

kidney failureKidney failure is known to medical professionals as renal failure. Kidney failure occurs when there is a reduction of kidney function so serious that it threatens health and even life itself.

Often, when renal failure occurs, the kidney or kidneys may need to be surgically removed. In such cases, dialysis or even kidney transplantation may be necessary. 

Kidney failure can happen in a matter of days, but more often it occurs over a period of months or even years.

When this type of kidney problem occurs quickly, it's known as acute kidney failure, or acute renal failure. In these cases, symptoms develop rapidly. 

There's another type of kidney problem which takes more gradually, known as CRF or chronic renal failure. In these cases, destruction to the cells of the kidney has been taking place over a period of months or even years, and irreversible damage has already occurred by the time symptoms present themselves.

Kidney failure often occurs as a result of other health problems and diseases, including diabetes and high blood pressure.

Kidney failure often requires hospitalization.

A type of kidney failure known as interstitial nephritis can result from an severe reaction to certain medications. People with this type of kidney failure generally recover because the situation is temporary.

Kidney failure or renal failure symptoms depend on the nature of the disease: either acute or chronic. We have a separate article dedicated to this subject. Please click on kidney failure symptoms.

Kidney failure treatment

If you notice many of the symptoms listed above beginning to appear, you should talk to your doctor about the following:

  • Medicines that may be cause the illness 
  • Possible presence of infections, diabetes or high blood pressure. 

Other treatments could include taking steroids or in extreme cases, kidney removal, kidney dialysis or kidney transplantation.

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