Acute kidney injury happens when your child's kidneys are suddenly no longer functioning properly. Healthy kidneys clean the blood by removing excess fluid, minerals and waste. The kidneys also make hormones that keep the bones strong and the blood healthy.
Acute kidney injury can occur when:
If your child's kidneys fail, many areas of his or her body may be affected:
The symptoms of acute kidney injury in children depend on the underlying cause of the organ failure and can include:
Your child’s nephrologist will use one or more of the following tests to diagnose acute kidney injury:
The course of treatment that your child’s nephrologist recommends will depend on the following factors:
Potential treatments for acute kidney injury include:
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Riley at IU Health offers a broad range of supportive services to make life better for families who choose us for their children's care.
Visit this National Institutes of Health website for in-depth information on a wide variety of topics related to kidney disease.
Learn more about the treatment methods for kidney failure in children.
The pediatric nephrologists at Riley at IU Health have performed research in the causes of acute kidney injury in children and have published several review articles and book chapters about acute kidney injury in children. Ask your child's doctor for more information about this research.
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