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Risk in adults having surgery
Some people are at increased risk of developing acute kidney injury after an operation. Healthcare professionals should be aware of this possibility in:
adults with chronic kidney disease, diabetes, liver disease or heart failure
adults having emergency surgery, especially if they have a severe infection or are dehydrated
adults having surgery to their abdomen
adults who have recently taken prescription or over-the-counter drugs that can damage the kidneys
adults who are 65 or over.
They should take account of these factors when planning care.
If you're having an operation, healthcare professionals should talk to you about the benefits and risks, including the risk of developing acute kidney injury.