Acute kidney injury can happen to anybody when there is:
- reduced blood supply to the kidneys (i.e. after major surgery or dehydration)
- damage to kidney tissue caused by a medication, severe infection or radioactive dye
- physical trauma to the kidney (i.e. a physical injury from playing sport)
- an obstruction that prevents urine leaving the kidney (i.e. due to kidney stones or an enlarged prostate).
Sometimes, there are no symptoms, so it’s important to see your doctor for a Kidney Health Check if you become unwell. If symptoms do occur, they can include:
- a sharp increase of creatinine and other toxins in your blood
- a build-up of fluid in your body
- a decreased output of urine.