Acute Tubular Necrosis
ATN may be caused by:
- Lack of blood flow and oxygen to the kidneys from:
- Blood clots
- Blood loss
- Loss of fluids from dehydration
- Problems from surgery
- Damage to kidney cells from things like medicines, contrast material used in imaging, and certain drugs
ATN may cause:
- Urinating (peeing) more or less than normal
- Lack of hunger
- Nausea and vomiting
- Weight gain
Care depends on what is causing the problem. Options are:
- Supportive care, such as fluids, nutrition, and oxygen
- Stopping or changing medicines that are harming the kidneys
- Medicines to:
- Control health problems that are causing ATN
- Manage problems caused by ATN, such as swelling, nausea, or feeling tired
- Dialysis to filter blood when the kidneys cannot
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Edits to original content made by Denver Health.
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