Acute Tubular Necrosis
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- Lack of oxygen to kidney tissues from problems such as surgical complications or hemorrhage (heavy bleeding)
- Exposure to toxic materials such as antibiotics, x-ray dyes, or anesthetics
- Change in urine output
- complete blood counts
- Urine tests (urinalysis, urine sodium, urea, osmolarity)
- Kidney biopsy
- Your doctor may need detailed pictures of your kidney. These can be made with:
- Take measures recommended by your doctor to prevent kidney damage caused by the dyes used in x-ray studies such as with the use of oral N-acetylcysteine or theophylline.
- Take certain drugs when using medications such as aminoglycosides or cisplatin, which are associated with kidney damage.
- Use calcium channel blockers after having a kidney transplant .
American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov
Canadian Institute for Health Information http://www.cihi.ca
Kidney Foundation of Canada http://www.kidney.ca
Acute tubular necrosis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed . Updated June 14, 2010. Accessed November 1, 2012.
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- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 10/2012 -
- Update Date: 10/31/2012 -