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How does a doctor determine whether or not an emergency-room patient has acute kidney injury?
Acute kidney injury (AKI) has severe consequences, with a 25 to 80 percent risk of in-hospital death.
You kidneys may be a window into your health. In fact, measures of kidney health may predict premature death.
When evaluating early kidney injuries in people, doctors monitor blood level increases of creatinine, a waste product of muscle breakdown, to understand the severity of the injury.
Certain measures of kidney health may predict who is likely to die prematurely.
Most patients with an abrupt kidney injury that does not get better do not see a kidney specialist within a year.
Damage to podocytes -- a specialized type of epithelial cell in the kidney -- occurs in more than 90 percent of all chronic kidney disease.
Impaired glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in the kidney leads to end-stage renal disease and increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and death. Patients with Type I diabetes are at an increased for kidney disease, but there are no interventions that have proved to prevent impaired GFR in these people.