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Kidney Failure

The kidney plays a very important role in the body. It cleans the blood by removing excess fluid, minerals, and wastes. It also produces hormones that help in keeping the blood healthy and the bones strong. Furthermore, the kidneys are also involved in regulating the blood pressure, electrolyte balance and red blood cell production in the body.

In kidney failure, the kidneys lose its ability to filter waste from your blood. There are several factors that can interfere with the health of the kidney. These are but not limited to:

  • Exposure to toxic chemicals including environmental pollutants or certain medications.
  • Some acute and chronic disease
  • Severe dehydration
  • Trauma made to the kidneys

If the kidneys are not able to do its job, the body will become overloaded with toxins which can lead to kidney failure and even life-threatening condition.


The people who are usually prone to developing kidney failure already have an existing medical condition or situations which affects the kidneys. The following conditions are:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease
  • Liver scarring or failure of the liver
  • Dehydration
  • Severe burn
  • Allergic reaction
  • Sepsis or severe reaction
  • High blood pressure
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Cancers
  • Vasculitis
  • Presence of blood clots
  • Multiple myelomas
  • Scleroderma
  • The use of certain antibiotics

Urine excretion may also cause a problem and a predisposing factor of kidney failure. If urine is not eliminated properly, there will be a buildup of toxins which will overload the kidneys. Some disorders such as cancer may block the urine passageways – prostate cancer in men, cervical cancer in women and colon and bladder cancers for both sexes.

The formation of kidney stones can also interfere with urination and will possibly lead to kidney failure.
There are also five types of kidney failure

  • Acute intrinsic kidney failure
  • Chronic prerenal kidney failure
  • Chronic intrinsic kidney failure
  • Chronic post-renal kidney failure

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If you think you are suffering from Kidney Failure you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Kidney Failure as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).