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Renal Failure

Alternate Names : Acute Renal Insufficiency

Renal Failure | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the disease?

At first, there are no specific signs or symptoms of acute renal failure. But as the disease gets worse, many people have decreased urine output. As a result, fluid builds up in the body tissues and organs. Here are some common symptoms of acute renal failure:

  • irregular heartbeats, called arrhythmias
  • excess fluid in the abdomen, called ascites
  • cognitive impairments, which include an altered mental status
  • coma
  • palpitations, which are unusual sensations of the heart beating rapidly in the chest
  • shortness of breath
  • edema, which means swelling of the extremities

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    Renal Failure: Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors


    Renal Failure: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Bill Harrison, MD
    Reviewer: Sandy Keefe, RN, MSN
    Date Reviewed: 08/22/01

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