Sometimes trauma, a severe physical injury, such as dehydration, bleeding, or surgery, can damage the kidneys. Trauma can cause a severe drop in blood pressure, meaning the kidneys receive less blood. This can injure the kidneys and cause them to suddenly stop working.

It is important to treat trauma as soon as it happens to avoid permanent kidney damage. Sometimes dialysis is used temporarily to help keep the blood flow through the kidneys stable until blood pressure returns to normal. Sometimes trauma that happens inside the body cannot be seen. If your child has suffered a severe physical force or impact to the body or head, take them to the doctor right away.

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