'Needless' kidney-related deaths

Thousands of hospital patients are dying needlessly every year from kidney problems that could be treated, according to new guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

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Acute kidney injury - what to check for

Acute kidney injury is most commonly caused by dehydration, blood loss or the use of medicines, and is often diagnosed while patients are already in hospital.

Symptoms of AKI may include:

  • Little or no urine when you urinate.
  • Swelling, especially in your legs and feet.
  • Lack of appetite.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Feeling confused, anxious or sleepy.
  • Pain in the back just below the rib cage (flank pain).

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