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Kidney Injury

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What is a kidney injury?

A kidney injury is a cut or bruise on a kidney. Sometimes, the injury results in a collection of blood either in or around the kidney which causes damage to the kidney.

Kidneys are located in the back of the abdomen and protected by back muscles and the rib cage. Due to their age and development, children have a higher chance of injuring one or both of their kidneys. 

The function of kidneys is to remove waste from the body through urine. It's important to keep the kidneys working to keep the body in good health.

What causes kidney injury?

It can be caused by:

  • Blunt trauma to the stomach or back, such as a getting hit by a hockey stick
  • Penetrating trauma, such a stab wound in the stomach or back

Who gets a kidney injury?

They are usually seen in people who:

  • Have been in a car accident
  • Play contact or high-energy sports

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