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What happens if my moms kidneys fail?

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Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Kidney failure: If your mom's kidneys fail, she will need to start some sort of dialysis, peritoneal (pd) or hemodialysis (h). If she is young enough and in good physical condition, she may be able to have a renal transplant from a member of her family. Although starting dialysis is a life-changing event, many patients lead productive lives on it. Good luck with your mom.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What happens when the kidneys fail?

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General Practice 9 years experience
It depends: Acute kidney failure can happen for several reasons (blood loss, obstruction, toxin damage, immune response to name a few). The kidneys lose the ability to produce urine and eliminate waste, and you can get electrolyte imbalances, uremia, and acid base imbalances. If the damage happens over a longer period of time, you can get hypertension, heart failure, bone fractures, and anemia.

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