Detailed Information on Kidney Failure
Kidneys are a pair of organs located
the stomach. They filter bacteria and extra salt and water from the
body. Healthy kidneys clean the blood by filtering out extra water and
wastes. They also make hormones that keep your bones strong and blood
Kidney failure is a serious disease
which can have a major
impact on life, and can ultimately be fatal. Kidney failure can happen
quickly (days) or more slowly (months or years). The common causes of
kidney failure are glomerulonephritis (inflammation of the kidney) and
diabetes mellitus. Other causes of kidney failure are kidney stones,
kidney cysts, an immune disorder called systemic lupus erythematosus,
uncontrolled high blood pressure and drugs. Most people with chronic
kidney failure need to take medicines.
Severe injuries or burns to your body and difficult surgery increase
your risk of acute kidney failure, as can an overwhelming infection.
Sometimes, a person with a life-threatening infection who receives an
antibiotic, such as streptomycin or gentamicin, may go into acute
kidney failure. There are three options when treating kidney failure.
Hemodialysis ,Peritoneal dialysis and Kidney transplant.Hemodialysis is
a procedure that cleans and filters your blood. It rids your body of
harmful wastes and extra salt and fluids. It also controls blood
pressure and helps your body keep the proper balance of chemicals such
as potassium, sodium, and chloride. Hemodialysis uses a dialyzer, or
special filter, to clean your blood. The dialyzer connects to a
During treatment, your blood travels
tubes into the dialyzer.
The dialyzer filters out wastes and extra fluids. Peritoneal dialysis
is another technique that replaces the work of your kidneys. It removes
extra water, wastes, and chemicals from your body. This type of
dialysis uses the lining of your abdomen to filter your blood. There
are three types of peritoneal dialysis. CAPD is the most common type of
peritoneal dialysis. It needs no machine. It can be done in any clean,
well-lit place. CCPD is like CAPD except that a machine, which connects
to your catheter, automatically fills and drains the dialysate from
your abdomen. IPD uses the same type of machine as CCPD to add and
drain the dialysate. Kidney transplantation is a procedure that places
a healthy kidney from another person.
Kidney Failure Treatment and Prevention Tips
1. Do not drink alcohol or use illegal.
2. Do not smoke or use other tobacco products.
3. A low-protein diet may help prevent the progression of kidney
4. Immunosuppressive drugs is very helpful but,require very careful
5. Avoid taking medicines that can damage your kidneys, like ibuprofen
6. ACE Inhibitors / ARB's medications have been shown to have some
benefit for the kidneys.
7. When the kidneys can no longer remove enough toxins and extra fluid
to keep your alive, you need dialysis.
8. Exercise may help you control diabetes and high blood pressure,
which can lead to kidney disease.
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