The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam and urine tests may point to AIN. You may also have:
- Blood tests—to count blood cells and look for certain proteins that show how the kidneys are working
- Kidney biopsy—confirms diagnosis, but not always needed
AIN care depends on the cause. For example, if medicine you take is harming your kidneys, your doctor will make changes. Care also helps other symptoms such as a rash or fever. AIN care may also involve:
- Antibiotics for bacterial infection
- Corticosteroids to reduce inflammation
- Dialysis—a machine works for your kidneys by filtering your blood
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