Acute Kidney Injury
(AKI; Acute Kidney Failure; Acute Renal Failure; Acute Renal Insufficiency)
by Madeline Vann, MPH
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is the sudden loss of kidney function. Kidneys clean waste products from the blood and maintain fluid levels in the body.
Problems can happen:
AKI has many causes:
AKI is most common in older adults. Your chances are also higher if you have:
Most people do not have symptoms. In those that have them, AKI may cause:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. You may also have:
Care depends on the cause of AKI and how serious it is. Care may involve:
Most AKI can not be prevented.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
National Kidney Foundation
The Kidney Foundation of Canada
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Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrienne Carmack, MD
Last Updated: 9/13/2019
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