Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Pray For Nick Cannon

Over the holiday Nick Cannon was said to have experienced 'mild kidney failure'. I'll be honest, I've never heard of mild kidney failure, so I Googled the term and found out that mild kidney failure is most likely a case of mild kidney disease. The internet has been buzzing with all kinds of speculation about the cause of his kidney failure, but the real issue is that the brother needs prayers for a full recovery.

In case you're wondering what some causes of kidney failure are I've supplied you with a few from WebMD:

"High blood pressure (hypertension) contributes to a loss of kidney function, generally over years. Hypertension can damage the blood vessels in your kidneys and accelerate kidney damage from other causes, such as diabetes, as well..

Immune system conditions, such as lupus, and chronic viral illnesses such asHIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C can cause kidney damage.

A severe infection within the kidneys themselves, called pyelonephritis, can lead to scarring as the infection heals. Multiple episodes can lead to kidney damage.

Inflammation in the tiny filters (glomeruli) within the kidneys can cause glomerulonephritis. This can happen suddenly, such as after an infection with certain strains of bacteria called streptococci and other conditions of unknown cause. Chronic, long-term inflammation can cause progressive kidney damage and loss of function.

Polycystic kidney disease is the most common form of inherited kidney disease. With this condition, fluid-filled cysts form in the kidneys over time, which can damage the kidneys and cause kidney failure.

Congenital defects, which are present at birth, are often the result of a urinary tract obstruction or malformation that affects the kidneys. One of the most common involves a valve-like mechanism between the bladder and urethra. These defects, sometimes found while a baby is still in the womb, can often be surgically repaired by a urologist.

Drugs and toxins, including long-term exposure to some medications and chemicals, can damage the kidneys. Overuse of NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen can be harmful to the kidneys in some people. Intravenous “street” drugs can cause kidney disease.

Read more about Nick's situation here.

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