Acute kidney injury (AKI) means that your kidneys have suddenly stopped working as well as they used to. This might have happened in the past few hours, days or weeks.
- Acute kidney injury affects both your kidneys and can range from minor loss of kidney function to complete kidney failure.
- If it's not picked up in time, the kidneys can deteriorate quite quickly and shut down. This can lead to permanent damage and can be life threatening if not detected early and treated quickly.
- AKI is not the same as chronic kidney disease (CKD), in which your kidneys lose their function gradually over a long period of time.
- CKD often goes unnoticed until your kidney function is significantly impaired, and does not get better with time. Read more about chronic kidney disease.