What are the signs and symptoms of neurologic complications in acute kidney injury (AKI)?

Updated: Dec 24, 2020
  • Author: Biruh T Workeneh, MD, PhD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Neurologic signs of uremia are a common complication of AKI and have been reported in approximately 38% of patients with AKI. Neurologic sequelae include lethargy, somnolence, reversal of the sleep-wake cycle, and cognitive or memory deficits. Focal neurologic deficits are rarely caused solely by uremia.

The pathophysiology of neurologic symptoms is still unknown, but these symptoms do not correlate well to levels of BUN or creatinine.


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