Diagnosis - Nephrology & Dialysis

Acute kidney failure

Acute kidney failure is a sudden impairment of the kidneys’ ability to filter and eliminate waste materials, excess fluid and electrolytes from the blood.  This results in an accumulation of these components in the blood which can then lead to serious complications.  Symptoms of acute kidney failure may include reduced urination, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, body swelling, confusion and problems concentrating.  Acute kidney failure most commonly arises in patients who already require intensive care and it may be triggered by a severe injury, disrupted blood supply to the kidneys or surgery.  Acute kidney failure generally requires treatment in an intensive care unit, as it is a life-threatening condition.  However, with appropriate treatment, acute kidney failure can be reversed and normal kidney function may be recovered.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Berlin Buch

    HELIOS Hospital Berlin Buch

    The new HELIOS Hospital in Berlin-Buch, one of the largest new hospital complexes in Europe was opened in July 2007. With 1.100 hospital beds and 26 medical departments the new campusis state-of-the-art, maximum care hospital that provides the highest levels of medical care and comfort.

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Chronic kidney failure

Chronic kidney failure is a condition which arises gradually over months or years, resulting in an impairment of the kidney to carry out its function as a filter station for the blood.  This leads to an accumulation of waste products and fluids in the body.  Chronic kidney failure is often associated with high blood pressure and diabetes and it may lead to various other complications including cardiovascular disease, anemia and pericarditis.  Often there are few signs or symptoms of deteriorating kidney function.  One may experience feeling generally unwell or a decreased appetite.  Therapy of chronic kidney failure aims to slow down the progression of the disease by treating the underlying disorder and keeping blood pressure under control.  In more advanced cases, treatment may require dialysis and in some cases, transplantation.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Berlin Buch

    HELIOS Hospital Berlin Buch

    The new HELIOS Hospital in Berlin-Buch, one of the largest new hospital complexes in Europe was opened in July 2007. With 1.100 hospital beds and 26 medical departments the new campusis state-of-the-art, maximum care hospital that provides the highest levels of medical care and comfort.

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