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Mesa, AZ
A 70-year-old female asked:

Can a bedridden 70 year old diabetic take dialysis?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
YES BUT ONLY IF: Benefits outweigh risks and expectations are reasonable from you and the patient.
Dr. Kalyani Perumal
Nephrology and Dialysis 30 years experience
It depends: There is no age limit that defines if dialysis should be initiated. Dialysis is the choice of patient or their healthcare power of attorney. Doctor, patient and family if present should discuss benefits and risks of dialysis and informed decision must be made.
Last updated Nov 1, 2019


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