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In HRS, the blood vessels that feed the kidneys become narrow, making it harder for these veins to transport blood.
Because the kidneys don't get enough blood, they can't do their job of filtering waste and maintaining blood pressure.
HRS is life-threatening, and people should seek treatment as soon as possible.
About 10% of people in the hospital with liver failure have HRS. The exact rate of occurrence is unknown.
There are two types of HRS.
Doctors don't know the exact cause of HRS, but it's always a complication of liver disease.
Anyone with advanced liver disease is at risk for HRS.
That includes people with:
Other risk factors include:
The only sure way to prevent HRS is to keep your liver healthy. People who drink too much or contract hepatitis are at risk for liver disease.
If you already have liver disease, avoid:
The UPMC Center for Liver Diseases:
And UPMC in Pittsburgh, Pa., is home to one of the oldest and most experienced transplant centers in the country. We are also a leader in living-donor liver transplants.
HRS almost always happens to people who are already in the hospital with advanced liver disease.
Your doctor may notice the following symptoms of HRS:
There's no test for HRS.
If you have symptoms, doctors will run blood and urine tests to rule out other problems, such as:
It's vital to treat HRS as quickly as possible.
The only cure for HRS is a liver transplant. The kidneys will often heal once you have a healthy liver.
In some cases, those affected by HRS will also need a kidney transplant.
The experts at the UPMC Liver Transplant Program provide the best care possible for any transplant surgery.
Sometimes people have to wait for a transplant or are too sick to survive the surgery.
The UPMC Center for Liver Diseases offers these options to treat your HRS and prolong your life: