Acute Renal Failure in Infancy and Childhood

  • G. B. Haycock


Acute renal failure (ARF), defined as potentially reversible loss or impairment of renal function, affects children of all ages and as a result of many different diseases and injurious events. Many of the disorders causing ARF in adult patients are also seen in childhood, but their relative importance changes with age and certain types of ARF are unique to particular age groups. This is particularly true of the newborn period, when ARF is relatively common and may be difficult to recognize. Successful management requires, firstly, familiarity with the natural history of the disorders likely to be involved, and secondly, understanding of the physiology of the developing individual and its implications with respect to fluid and electrolyte balance and nutrition. These subjects are dealt with in detail in standard textbooks [18].


Acute Renal Failure Guide Wire Acute Tubular Necrosis Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome Renal Vein Thrombosis 
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