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Acute Kidney Failure (cont.)

Acute Kidney Failure Symptoms

The following symptoms may occur with acute kidney failure. Some people have no symptoms, at least in the early stages. The symptoms may be very subtle.

  • Decreased urine production
  • Body swelling
  • Problems concentrating
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Metallic taste in the mouth

Seizures and coma may occur in very severe acute kidney failure.

When to Seek Medical Care

Several signs and symptoms may suggest complications of acute kidney failure. Call the doctor if any of the following symptoms occur:

  • Change in energy level or strength or a severe decrease in the ability to do normal activities
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Increased water retention (puffiness or swelling) in the legs, around the eyes, or in other parts of the body
  • Shortness of breath or change from normal breathing patterns
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Decrease in or lack of urination
  • Lightheadedness
  • Easy bruising
  • Itching

See the doctor to monitor and treat chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

The following signs and symptoms of a severe complication of acute kidney disease require a visit to a hospital's emergency department:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/10/2014

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