Kidney Failure (Renal Failure)
Are Kidney Failure and
Renal Failure the Same Thing?
Kidney failure is known to medical professionals as renal failure. Kidney failure occurs when
there is a reduction of kidney function so serious that it threatens health and even life itself.
Often, when renal failure occurs, the kidney or kidneys may need to be surgically removed. In such
cases, dialysis or even kidney transplantation may be necessary.
Kidney failure can happen in a matter of days, but more often it occurs over a
period of months or even years.
When this type of kidney
problem occurs quickly, it's known as acute kidney failure, or acute renal failure. In these cases,
symptoms develop rapidly.
There's another type of kidney problem which takes more gradually, known as CRF or
chronic renal failure. In these cases, destruction to the cells of the kidney has been taking place over a
period of months or even years, and irreversible damage has already occurred by the time symptoms present
Kidney failure often occurs as a result of other health problems and diseases,
including diabetes and high blood pressure.
Kidney failure often requires hospitalization.
A type of kidney failure known as interstitial nephritis can result from an severe
reaction to certain medications. People with this type of kidney failure generally recover because the
situation is temporary.
Kidney failure or renal failure symptoms depend on the nature of the disease:
either acute or chronic. We have a separate article dedicated to this subject. Please click on kidney failure
Kidney failure treatment
If you notice many of the symptoms listed above beginning to appear, you should
talk to your doctor about the following:
Medicines that may be cause the illness
Possible presence of infections, diabetes or high blood
Other treatments could include taking steroids or in extreme
cases, kidney removal, kidney dialysis or kidney transplantation.
Learn more about the dangers of kidney disease by clicking
on the book cover below or
The Kidney Disease Solution