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can you die from dialysis

A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Singh
Dr. Raj Singh answered
11 years experience Internal Medicine
3-4 weeks: Most patients will not survive more than 3-4 weeks.
Dr. Fred McCurdy
45 years experience Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis
ESRD : It all depends upon the person's overall medical condition at the time of stopping dialysis. In my experience, people can live for 1-3 weeks after st ... Read More

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A member asked:
Dr. Jared Fialkow
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Stopping HD: It truly depends on several factors. The most important is the patient's residual renal function. The more the kidneys work, the longer it takes fo ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eduardo Haddad
46 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
No: The dose of dialysis as commonly provided three times a week is the minimal required to maintain some balance and adding treatments helps in several w ... Read More
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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
42 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
See below: 3/week dialysis can only acheive about 20% of what "cleaning" your own kidneys can do. So more dialysis cannot "kill" you but is not practical at the ... Read More
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Dr. Amy Friedman
39 years experience Transplant Surgery
Not if controlled: Some people have great function from their own kidneys but will never have adverse effects because of it. With the replacement therapy, the amount del ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Luntz
29 years experience Urology
Dialysis: Many patients are on dialysis for many years. Patients can continue to thrice on dialysis. Your overall health is related to all of your medical con ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Bergum
20 years experience Family Medicine
No: Modern medicine is awesome but the human body is incredible. We can mimic the kidney with dialysis but we can't quite get it right. Eventually we fail ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Yes: Thankfully, this is less common than it once was. A review of the circumstances can be conducted by any pathologist. Good luck.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Greenfield
37 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Yes/no: Pertioneal dialysis can definitely lead to abdominal infection, which can become life-threatening. However, this would not be expected to directly ca ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
30 years experience Internal Medicine
Not: Certain but likely short probably in couple of weeks
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
32 years experience Family Medicine
Renal failure: Renal failure can be classified as prerenal, intrarenal or postrenal- heart failure, glomerulonephritis, bladder outlet obstruction would be examples. ... Read More
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A 77-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jack Rubin
48 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Dialysis preparation: You should have a good idea of what type of dialysis you want, either hemodialysis (hd) or peritoneal dialysis (pd). Each has its advantages and disad ... Read More

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