Acute Kidney Injury Specialist

San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group, P.L.L.C. -  - Nephrologist

San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group, P.L.L.C.

Nephrologists located in numerous locations in San Antonio, TX, and surrounding Counties

Acute kidney injury may be a sign of any number of illnesses, but if you’re having difficulty urinating, experiencing swelling in your legs, and feeling very tired, you should get evaluated immediately. In practice since 1978, the nationally recognized San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group, P.L.L.C. can help identify the cause of your symptoms and provide treatment at one of their cutting-edge centers. If you’re in the San Antonio area, schedule an appointment by phone.

Acute Kidney Injury Q & A

What is acute kidney injury?

Acute kidney injury is when your kidneys go into failure within a few hours or days, and are no longer able to function properly to clear waste from your blood. Acute kidney injury can affect anyone, but is more common in the elderly and people who are in the intensive care unit of a hospital.

In addition to your kidneys, acute kidney injury may also cause damage to your lungs, heart, or brain.

What are the symptoms of acute kidney injury?

Common symptoms of acute kidney injury include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Swelling of the legs or ankles
  • Fatigue or confusion
  • Very little urination
  • Nausea

In severe cases, acute kidney injury may cause seizures or a coma.

If acute kidney injury is suspected, the team at San Antonio Kidney Disease Center may run a number of tests to determine kidney function, including:

  • Blood and urine
  • Ultrasound
  • Biopsy

What causes acute kidney injury?

Acute kidney injury may result from:

  • Decreased blood flow caused by low blood pressure or organ failure
  • Blockage in the urinary tract, such as a stone or enlarged prostate
  • Damage to the kidney from an allergic reaction or life-threatening infection, such as sepsis

How is acute kidney injury treated?

Treatment of acute kidney injury depends on the cause. But during the acute illness, the team at San Antonio Kidney Disease Center may recommend a form of dialysis to help keep your blood clean while your kidneys regain the ability to function.  

What happens after acute kidney injury?

Following acute kidney injury, you’re at greater risk of having chronic kidney disease, heart disease, or a stroke. To monitor your health and the health of your kidneys, your nephrologist may have you come in regularly for check-ups.

If you have concerns about your kidney health, the nationally recognized team at San Antonio Kidney Disease Center can help. Book an appointment by phone.