Renal Failure Care

Prevention & Treatment of Kidney Failure

Renal failure, also called kidney failure, refers to temporary or permanent damage to the kidneys that results in loss of normal kidney function. There are two different types of renal failure--acute and chronic. Acute renal failure happens suddenly and is potentially reversible. Chronic renal failure progresses slowly over at least three months and can lead to permanent renal failure.

What Causes Renal Failure?

Renal failure is caused by a sudden, drastic loss of blood flow to the kidneys. There are a number of conditions that could cause this, which vary depending on whether the condition is acute or chronic.

Some causes of acute renal failure:

  • Heart attacks
  • Allergic reactions
  • Infections
  • Dehydration
  • Burns
  • Certain medications

Causes of chronic renal failure may involve:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Reoccurring kidney infections
  • Glomerulonephritis

What Are Some Underlying Symptoms?

Patients with acute kidney failure often have their condition diagnosed right away as it is most often caused by another medical condition that requires immediate attention. Doctors are familiar with the various complications that can cause acute renal failure and will usually perform a check for it while treating the primary condition.

The following are some symptoms of acute renal failure:

  • Hemorrhage
  • Severe vomiting
  • Poor appetite
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Nose bleeds
  • Swelling
  • Eye inflammation
  • Back pain

Chronic renal failure develops more slowly, and you will need to be vigilant of the symptoms in order to receive treatment in a timely manner.

These symptoms may include:

  • Poor appetite
  • Itchy, dry skin
  • Frequent headaches
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chronic high blood pressure

Treating & Preventing Kidney Failure

There are rare cases where kidneys can recover after failure, but in most cases the condition is permanent. When this occurs, patients will have to receive regular dialysis treatments until they can receive a kidney transplants.

Dialysis is an advanced treatment where a machine is attached to the body and performs the normal function of the kidneys. Patients ordinarily need this treatment several times a week. If you travel often, most hospitals in the United States and developed countries offer dialysis services.

We can provide you with dialysis while connecting you to resources for a kidney transplant. Our team will go above and beyond to make your dialysis treatments more comfortable and convenient.

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center
94 Old Short Hills Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-5000
Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 222-5200
Clara Maass Medical Center
1 Clara Maass Drive
Belleville, NJ 07109
(973) 450-2000
Community Medical Center
99 Highway 37 West
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 557-8000
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
Jersey City Medical Center
355 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 915-2000
RWJ University Hospital Rahway
865 Stone Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
(732) 381-4200
RWJ University Hospital Somerset
110 Rehill Avenue
Somerville, NJ 08876
(908) 685-2200
Trinitas Regional Medical Center – Williamson Street Campus
225 Williamson St
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
(908) 994-5000
The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center
300 2nd Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 923-7250
RWJ University Hospital Hamilton
1 Hamilton Health Place
Hamilton, NJ 08690
(609) 586-7900
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
1 Robert Wood Johnson Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 828-3000
Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
600 River Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 363-1900

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