There are many factors that may lead to kidney damage. If the blood vessels that drain the kidneys are damaged, the kidneys may be harmed; this can be caused by an aneurysm, arterial blocking or clotting or arteriovenous fistula. Kidneys may also be damaged by conditions in the body, such as: autoimmune disorders, tumors, waste buildup, swelling/irritation, exposure to toxic substances, medical procedures (kidney biopsy, etc.) or ureteropelvic junction obstruction. Finally, if the ureters are injured, the kidneys may be harmed as well; this can be caused by cancer/cancerous diseases, chemotherapy/radiation, other medical procedures or trauma.
Symptoms of kidney damage include abdominal or back pain, fever, nausea or blood in the urine, as well as chronic symptoms like constipation, irritability and weight loss.
There are a wide variety of things that can cause kidney damage and failure. A few include excessive blood loss, dehydration, an intake of medication that can be harmful to the kidneys, sepsis causing inflammation of the kidneys, rhabdomyolysis (significant breakdown of muscle, which clogs the kidneys), and inflammation of the kidney filtering system. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to be seen by a doctor to make sure not only your kidney but your other organs are healthy and undamaged.
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