Acute tubular necrosis (ATN) is an injury to the tiny tube-shaped cells in the kidneys. ATN can lead to more serious kidney problems.
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ATN may be caused by:
Things that may raise the risk of this problem are:
ATN may cause:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done.
Blood and urine tests will be done to look for problems with how the kidneys are working. Other tests will be done to find a cause. You may need to see a doctor who treats kidney diseases.
Care depends on what is causing the problem. Options are:
The risk may be lowered by managing health problems that can harm the kidneys.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
National Kidney Foundation
The Kidney Foundation of Canada
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Last reviewed September 2020 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Adrienne Carmack, MD
Last Updated: 12/29/2020