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How long can a person live with no kidney or liver function?

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Dr. Richard Mangus
Transplant Surgery 22 years experience
Death if no function: The kidneys and liver are essential to survival. A person cannot live if these organs have no function. For kidney failure, the patient can go on dialysis and may live for many years. For complete liver failure, the only therapy is a liver transplant. However, the wait time for a liver transplant can be months or years, so the patient must have some residual function to stay alive until transplant.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

No kidney and liver function, how long can one live?

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Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
Nephrology and Dialysis 31 years experience
Part answer: With no renal function, a patient will fall into a uraemic coma in 7 to 10 days and die within 14 to 21 days. I defer the liver question to a hepatologist.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How long can a person live with a diseases liver and kidney?

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Dr. Richard Mangus
Transplant Surgery 22 years experience
Survival depends: Survival from any disease is difficult to predict. Important factors include the disease, patient age, baseline health status, and quality of medical care. Some patients can live for many years with liver and kidney disease. However, chronic liver disease (cirrhosis) is terminal and will lead to death. Use internet to calculate meld score - the closer you get to score 40, the higher risk of death.

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