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Acute Kidney Failure (cont.)

Acute Kidney Failure Prognosis

Recovery from acute kidney failure depends on what caused the disease. If the cause does not stem from damage to kidney tissue itself, the prognosis is good and the patient will probably make a full recovery. Partial recovery of renal function may occur in situations in which the injury does not completely resolve. In general, the more ill a patient is during the onset of renal failure, the worse the outcome. Severe cases of acute renal failure can result in death.

On long-term follow-up (1 to 10 years), approximately 12.5% of survivors of acute renal failure require dialysis and 19% to 31% of them have chronic kidney disease.

The in-hospital mortality (death) rate for acute kidney failure is 40% to 50%.

The mortality rate in patients in intensive care (ICU) settings with acute kidney failure that requires dialysis is 70% to 80%.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/10/2014

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