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Signs and Symptoms of Hepatorenal Syndrome (HRS)


2013-03-06 09:00

Signs and Symptoms of Hepatorenal Syndrome (HRS)Hepatorenal Syndrome (HRS) is a type of Kidney Failure that occurs as a complication of serious liver disease or cirrhosis. It is a severe and often life-threatening complication of cirrhosis. Here is a general introduction about signs and symptoms of Hepatorenal Syndrome.

The symptoms associated with HRS are similar in both the forms of the disorder. There are 3 characteristic features including liver damage, altered blood circulation patterns and kidney dysfunction. In most cases, the symptoms as below become apparent only in advanced stages of the condition.

▪ Liver disorder: jaundice, decreased nutrition, abdominal distention and bloating caused by ascites and altered mental state.

▪ Renal dysfunction: oliguria like decreased urine volume.

▪ Abdominal infection occurs due to accumulation of ascites fluid. In some cases, patients may experience hypovolemic shock, due to extravasation of fluid from the circulatory system.

There are 2 different types of hepatorenal disorders, Type I which is a rapidly progressing condition and Type II which doesn't have a very rapid course. Diagnosis of Hepatorenal Syndrome is based on certain criteria mapping which helps in identifying the major factors and the minor factors that are related with the disorder.

Symptoms of Hepatorenal Syndrome should be treated as a medical emergency. If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, you are suggested to contact your doctor instantly. Treatment is particularly urgent if you are currently being treated for other kidney problems.




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