Does Kidney Failure Reduce Urine Output2013-12-05 13:30
If I have reduced urine output, does it mean I have kidney failure? In our normal life, kidney plays the role of producing urine; so many people wonder if kidney failure can reduce urine output. Today we will give an explanation about this topic and if you wand to find out it, please read on.
How is urine produced by the kidney?
A kidney is composed of tens and thousands of kidney tissues like glomerulus and renal tubule. Glomerulus is responsible for filtering blood and during this process, wastes and a small amount of nutrition will be separated from cleaned blood. More than 90% of the nutrition and fluid are finally reabsorbed when they flow through renal tubule and others are discharged out of the body as urine.
Does kidney failure reduce urine output?
Kidney is responsible for producing urine, so many urine changes are related with kidney problem. Decreased urine output is one of the symptoms that can be directly caused by kidney failure. According to information we mentioned above, we know that urine is waste products and excess fluid in the blood. When kidneys fail to filter blood, wastes and excessive fluid can not be removed successfully. In such a case, urine output decreases. This is the reason why many kidney failure patients complain they have decreased urine output.
Urine output means there are still healthy kidney function. In such a case, it is quite possible to get impaired kidney function improved with a certain medical measures. However, in some cases of kidney failure, especially in cases of dialysis, patients may have no urine output at all. For these patients, dialysis and kidney transplant are the only two methods for them to keep being alive. From this point of view,
Other urine changes caused by kidney failure apart from decreased urine output
Aside from decreased urine output, kidney failure patients may also experience lots of other urine changes like foamy urine, blood urine, and frequent urination at night and so on. All these symptoms are resulted from decreased kidney function, so only when kidney damages are repaired and kidney function gets improved, can these symptoms be alleviated fundamentally and permanently.