Acute Kidney Injury

Can become serious - very fast

There are several things that might make your child’s kidneys suddenly stop working, including infections, disruption of blood flow, surgery or exposure to medications or other substances that are toxic to the kidneys. This is known as Acute Kidney Injury (AKI).

Acute Kidney Injury

Acute Kidney Injury is often caused by a sudden decrease in blood and/or oxygen flow to your child’s kidneys.

Symptoms over hours, even days

Acute Kidney Injury symptoms may appear over the course of hours or days.

Hospital stays

Acute Kidney Injury typically requires your child to stay in the hospital, but it’s very treatable and in the vast majority of cases the child’s kidneys recover.

Consult your doctor if your child exhibitsany of the following:

  • Unexplained low-grade fever
  • Swelling around the eyes, feet, and ankles
  • Pale skin or “washed out” appearance
  • Lower back pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Persistent abdominal pain
  • Frequent severe headaches
  • Weakness, excessive tiredness or loss of energy
Child showing symptoms

Kidney Testing

Dipstick test for albumin: 

Albumin in urine can be detected with a dipstick test performed on a urine sample. It can be a sign that the kidneys may be damaged.

Urine albumin-to-Creatinine ratio:

A more precise measurement, such as a urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio, may be necessary to confirm kidney disease.

Blood Test:

Blood is drawn  and sent to a lab for analysis can be tested to estimate how much blood the kidneys filter each minute, called the estimated glomerular filtration rate or eGFR.

Never second guess yourself when you feel your child is unwell.  Seek medical treatment - it is always best to be

on the side of caution.

Imaging studies:

Imaging studies provide pictures of the kidneys which will help to see the size and shape of the kidneys and identify any abnormalities.

Kidney biopsy:

Kidney biopsy is a procedure that involves taking a small piece of kidney tissue for examination with a microscope. Biopsy results show the cause of the kidney disease and extent of damage to the kidneys.

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