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Kidney Shutdown Causes

2013-06-15 10:04

Kidney shutdown is a medical condition,in which the kidneys fail to work adequately. Kidneys have many important functions for the body, including filtering the blood and releasing hormones necessary for red blood production. What are the causes of kidney shutdown?

Kidney shutdown causes

Your kidneys may shut down suddenly or progressively including acute kidney shutdown and chronic kidney shutdown.

Acute kidney shutdown has three main causes:

*A sudden,serious drop in blood flow to the kidneys. Heavy blood loss, an injury or a bad infection and dehydration can cause inadequate blood flow to the kidneys, thus impairing the kidneys.

*Medicines and poisons

Long-term use of medicines is an attributable factor of kidney problem. Examples of medicines that can sometimes harm the kidneys include antibiotics, pain medicines, blood pressure medications and dyes used in X-ray tests.

* A sudden blockage that stops urine from flowing out of the kidneys. The common causes of this condition include kidney stone, tumor, an enlarged prostate etc.

Chronic kidney shutdown causes

A variety of conditions and diseases can cause chronic kidney shutdown.


Uncontrolled blood sugar can cause extra stress on tiny blood vessels.Over time,it can cause the kidneys to fail.Kidney problem is commonly seen among people with more than 15 years’ history of Diabetes.

*High blood pressure

High blood pressure can cause damage to the blood vessels and filters in the kidney,making removal of waste from the body difficult.


It refers to the inflammation of filters in kidneys.It can be primary or secondary to other conditions and diseases like lupus, purpura etc.

*Genetic kidney disease

Genetic kidney disease like polycystic kidney disease (PKD),Alport Syndrome etc.

*Recurrent kidney infection, also called pyelonephritis.

* Prolonged obstruction of the urinary tract due to conditions like enlarged prostate, kidney stones and some cancers.

The above are the major causes of kidney shutdown. Knowing the symptoms of kidney shutdown can help you inspect the disease earlier so as to treat it ASSP. You can learn Top 6 Symptoms of Kidney Shutdown here.

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