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Acid Base Imbalance With Renal Failure
The kidneys do several tasks. Dialysis is necessary when one or more of the following occur, that can't be remedied or palliated with medications: 1. Insufficient clearance of daily toxins in food and metabolic waste 2. Insufficient clearance of excess water 3. Dangerous electrolyte imbalance, ...Read more
Anemia: Kidneys are known for their erythropoietic nature ( ie they produce red blood cells in body). Patients in renal failure--- get anemic! Other ingredients (fuel) for producing red cells in body are iron and Folic acid. Since kidneys failed--- we rely on other organs ( ie liver and bone marrow) to do the same-- produce red cells--- by giving patients enough fuel to produce them! ...Read more
It depends: Usually it depends on the reason , the severity and person health. While renal failure due to dehydration and obstruction ( stones, prostate in a man)is reversible most of the the time , renal failure due to intrinsic kidney problems is sometimes hard to treat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Weeks to many years: Complex question. Relates to what is causing it, at what stage it is diagnosed, the quality and consistency of care one receives (as with any chronic illness), the quality of the renal program if one needs dialysis, or renal transplant, whether complications from all the medications needed occur, whether transplant is rejected, whether donor kidney available when needed etc etc etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diabetes,HTN: Uncontrolled diabetes is by and far the number one reason why someone develops renal failure. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is the second leading cause. There are other common disease like lupus and renal stones that can also cause renal failure as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If one is to die from renal failure, is the death from that relatively painless or painful compared to other ways to go? Thank you.
Should be painless: Death by renal failure should be a smooth, painless death. One has to be sure his doctor and the nurses are courageous enough to use adequate doses of medications to prevent pain and distress during dying. The hospice can help. A website with a more complete description is: http://dying.About.Com/od/thedyingprocess/f/dying_of_kidney_failure.Htm. ...Read more
Varies widely.: It strongly depends on the cause of renal failure in your family. Genetic disorders such as polycystic kidney, vhl, iga, apol1 & tuberous sclerosis can cause problems at a young age and should be evaluated and followed early. Failure caused by high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, & diabetes occurs in middle age & beyond, requiring diet, exercise & BP control. Its good to be proactive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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