What are possible complications of acute tubular necrosis (ATN)?

Updated: Mar 15, 2021
  • Author: Sangeeta Mutnuri, MBBS; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Traditional complications of ATN include the following [29] :

  • Volume overload
  • Acid-base and electrolyte imbalances, especially hyperkalemia, acidosis, hyperphosphatemia, and hypocalcemia
  • Uremia, leading to problems such as prolonged bleeding, altered mental status, and pericardial disease

Non-traditional complications of ATN include the following [29] :

  • Infections
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Cardiac disorders
  • Chronic kidney disease

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