Government research shows nearly one in every 10 adults experience issues with chronic kidney disease. The condition, also known as chronic renal disease, is defined as the gradual loss of kidney function over time. Our kidneys continually filter waste products out of the blood for elimination through urination. If this function stops or is otherwise impacted, it can cause serious health problems.
Chronic kidney disease can result in an excess buildup of waste product and may cause a number of serious health complications, including high blood pressure, anemia (i.e., decrease in red blood cells), fluid retention, weakened bones, central nervous system damage, decreased immune function, or even a life-threatening sudden increases in potassium levels.
If this isn’t treated, a patient can end up with kidney failure—the kidney’s inability to filter waste products from the blood.
If you believe that your kidneys are starting to fail, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
In addition, if your kidneys cease function suddenly—known as “acute kidney failure—you may experienced one or more of these symptoms:
If you have any of the symptoms, it may be a signal of a serious kidney problems.
If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical treatment immediately. Acute kidney injury or acute renal failure can be caused by heart attack, illegal drug use and drug abuse, insufficient blood flow to the kidneys, and urinary tract issues.
Kidney failure is frequently the result of other health problems that have permanently damaged your kidneys over time. If this happens, your kidneys may not function properly. As the damage to your kidneys becomes more severe, you develop chronic kidney disease. Kidney failure is the last (most severe) stage of chronic kidney disease. It’s also known as “end-stage renal disease” (ESRD).
The most common causes of ESRD are diabetes and high blood pressure. Some of the other health issues that can cause kidney failure include:
Even when you’re being treated for kidney failure, you may have other health issues that are caused by failing kidneys. Common complications include the following:
Physicians and other healthcare professionals are required to follow safety rules to protect patients from unnecessary harm. These rules are known as “standards of care.”
In a fast-paced healthcare practice, like a large clinic or hospital, there will usually be a team of healthcare professionals who care for a patient, including doctors, nurses, phlebotomists, technicians, and other specialists. If any one of the members of this team make a mistake, it may result in serious injury to a patient.
There are several common types of kidney failure medical malpractice. Unrecognized or misdiagnosed kidney disease is one type. Some of the other examples of medical negligence that cause possible kidney failure include:
If you or someone you know has recently experienced kidney failure, and facts suggest that it may be medical negligence, it’s critical you speak with an experienced and knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney in Grand Rapids immediately to protect your interests or those of your loved one.
Buchanan Firm retains medical professionals who are available to immediately investigate your claim to determine if it was caused by medical negligence. Buchanan Firm’s injury lawyers in Grand Rapids have Michigan medical malpractice attorneys, nurses, and paralegals to assist you in this difficult time.
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