Acute Tubular Necrosis
Factors that may increase your chance of acute tubular necrosis include:
- Blood transfusion
- Septic shock
- Low blood pressure
- Liver disease or damage
- Certain medications, such as aminoglycosides, amphotericin B, cyclosporine, or tacrolimus
- Injections of IV contrast material used for imaging studies, such as CT scans
- Blood transfusion reaction
Exposure or build up of toxic chemicals, such as:
- Crystals (uric acid, calcium phosphate)
You will be asked about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.
Your bodily fluids and tissues may be tested. This can be done with:
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
- Kidney biopsy
Images may be taken of the kidneys and surrounding structures. This can be done with:
- CT scan
- MRI scan
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment will focus on treating the conditions that are causing damage. Good nutrition and proper fluid intake will also help reduce stress on the kidneys during recovery. Treatment options may also include:
Dialysis is a process that uses a machine to assist or take over the work of your kidneys. The blood flows from catheters to a machine that removes wastes and returns it back to the body.
Certain medications may reduce the need for dialysis in some people.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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