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Acute Kidney Failure (cont.)

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:

  • Change in level of consciousness (extreme sleepiness or difficulty awakening)
  • Fainting
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Extremely high blood pressure (hypertension), greater than 180/100
  • Severe nausea and vomiting
  • Severe bleeding (from any source)
  • Severe weakness
  • Inability to urinate
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/10/2014

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