Estimated read time is 6 minutes, 28 seconds
Chronic renal failure is a progressive and irreversible loss of renal function in which the body fails to maintain metabolic, fluid and electrolyte balance.
Deterioration ranges from those at risk, mild, moderate and unto severe kidney failure.
Initially, it is asymptomatic but with time, Loss of the excretory, metabolic and endocrine functions of the kidney leads to the development of the clinical symptoms and signs of renal failure, which are referred to as uremia.
Is associated with azotemia.
In Chronic Renal Failure, there is almost 80% loss of nephrons thus it is referred to as an end-stage renal disease.
Chronic renal failure is caused by systemic diseases such as;
Following the deterioration and loss of nephrons, the sum total of the renal function progressively reduces too especially if the underlying systemic disease e.g. Diabetes mellitus is not well controlled.
Consequently, the GFR falls as serum creatinine clearance reduces too along with continued accumulation of nitrogenous wastes.
The remaining nephrons hypertrophy as they are required to filter a large load of solutes. Nevertheless, the kidney continues losing its ability to concentrate urine adequately. In an attempt to continue excreting solutes, a large volume of dilute urine is passed making the patient susceptible to fluid depletion.
On the other hand, the tubules gradually lose the ability to reabsorb electrolytes; this initially leads to “salt-wasting” in which urine contains large amounts of sodium, enhancing polyuria further.
As the number of functioning nephrons keeps declining further along with GFR, the body is unable to rid itself of water, salts, and nitrogenous wastes. By the time the GFR is less than 20ml/min, the body is severely uremia intoxicated. Uremia has far-reaching effects on all body systems.
NB: hypocalcaemia triggers osteomalacia and osteosclerosis.
“Uremic fetor” i.e. ammonia odor in the breath ( a urine-like odor on the breath of persons with uremia.)
|1||Greater than 90ml/min||Kidney damage with normal or increased GFR.|
|2||60-89ML/MIN||Kidney damage with a mild reduction in GFR.|
|3||30-59ml/min||Kidney damage with a moderate reduction in GFR.|
|4||15-30ML/MIN||Severe reduction in GFR|
|5||Less than 15 ml/min||Kidney failure.|
Patients with stages 1-3 CKD are frequently asymptomatic.
Clinical manifestations resulting from low kidney function typically appear in stages 4-5.
The management aims to:
Correct or treat any reversible causes; could be pre-renal, post-renal or intra-renal causes
Monitor fluid balance (Input &Output),
Weigh the patient daily,
Monitor Blood pressure and avoid overhydration.
Restrict fluid replacement to previous day losses (500-1000mls)
Monitor renal function via serum U/Es, limit dietary potassium and do arterial blood gas analysis 4hrly.
Treat hyperkalemia through the use of sodium bicarbonate that raises blood PH thus enhancing shift of potassium into the cells or by administering glucose with insulin.
Hyperkalemia can also be managed by the administration of calcium gluconate to protect the heart from elevated potassium levels.
Also, cation exchange resins such as kayexalate (sodium polystyrene sulfonate) can be used for it exchanges sodium for potassium in the GIT. It can be given orally or as a retention enema.
Administer oral aluminum-based antacids to help minimize effects of HCL and also absorb dietary phosphates
Avoid nephrotoxic drugs e.g NSAIDs, aminoglycosides or even use of XRY contrast agents which might injure the kidney further
Administer low doses of dopamine e.g 1-3g/kg to help dilate renal arteries by stimulation of dopamine receptors
Encourage bed rest to reduce catabolism which is associated with elevation of serum metabolic wastes
Treat any fever and existing infections to reduce catabolism
Where metabolic acidosis is severe the patient is dialyzed
Transfusion to correct anemia. Synthetic erythropoietin can be administered e.g wepox or recomon 500 -1500 IU
Monitor level of consciousness of the patient
Nutritional care which mainly includes providing high carbohydrate (CHO) meals to reduce on body tissues proteins catabolism to generate body energy. Limit foods rich in potassium and phosphorus (bananas, citrus fruits, and juices, potatoes, etc). restrict potassium to 40-60MEq/day, Sodium to 2g/day and calcium to 1000-2000mg/day.
Dialysis as metabolic and hemodynamic parameters/shifts demand