Why do some people go into respiratory failure as a cause of acute renal failure happening?
I’ll start by saying that as you’re probably aware, most people go into renal failure as a result of respiratory failure! Anyhow, the reason respiratory failure does occur in some patients is basically down to electrolyte abnormalities in the body due to the renal failure. Potassium and Magnesium are the main electrolytes involved, but others also play a part. The electrolyte imbalance seriously compromises fluid clearance from the lungs. In turn, the build-up of fluid leads to the respiratory failure. If you need a more complex explanation, let me know.