Is it life threatening?

Acute kidney injury (AKI) can indeed be life-threatening, especially if left untreated or if it progresses to severe stages. The severity of AKI varies depending on factors such as the underlying cause, the extent of kidney damage, and the promptness of medical intervention.

In some cases, AKI may resolve with appropriate treatment and supportive care, without causing long-term harm to kidney function. However, severe cases of AKI can lead to complications such as fluid overload, electrolyte imbalances, metabolic acidosis, and accumulation of waste products in the body. These complications can affect other organs and systems, potentially leading to life-threatening conditions such as cardiovascular collapse or multiple organ failure.

Prompt recognition and treatment of AKI are crucial to prevent complications and improve outcomes. If you or someone you know experiences symptoms suggestive of AKI, it’s important to seek medical attention promptly for proper diagnosis and management.