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The most frequent causes for adults developing AKI are hypertension and diabetes. For most teenagers, AKI or chronic kidney disease is a consequence of either congenital disorders or untreated diseases such as a urinary tract infection (UTI) or nephritis when the kidney becomes inflamed.
Most often UTI results in painful urination but other symptoms associated with these conditions such as persistent lower back and abdominal pain, frequent severe headaches and poor appetite can be confused with other conditions that commonly affect youngsters. A failure to correctly diagnose and treat these diseases in the very young and the very old can quickly lead to irreparable, long term kidney injury.
Acute kidney injury, particularly in the young, can usually resolve itself if the condition is recognised and treated quickly enough. New guidelines from the National Institute of Care and Clinical Excellence (NICE) about best practice in treating people with AKI highlight the need for regular checking of electrolytes and physiological observations as well as adequate senior review.
However, even if fatal consequences are averted, delayed diagnosis or sub-standard treatment could still lead to chronic kidney problems that result in permanent damage which may require either a kidney transplant or regular dialysis treatment.
That could entail modifications to the home to accommodate any equipment required and it is likely that the young person’s lifestyle would have to change dramatically. A successful compensation claim can help to recover costs for rehabilitation, adaptation of the home and any other care needed.