Uremia (uremic syndrome) is a serious complication ofchronic kidney diseaseandacute kidney injury(which used to be known as acute renal failure). It occurs whenureaand other waste products build up in the body because the kidneys are unable to eliminate them. These substances can become poisonous (toxic) to the body if they reach high levels.
Prolonged or severe fluid buildup (edema) may make the uremic syndrome worse.
Uremic syndrome may affect any part of the body and can cause:
Kidneydialysisis usually needed to relieve the symptoms of uremic syndrome until normal kidney function can be restored.
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Tushar J Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology
Current as ofMay 3, 2017
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