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Can A Person Live A Long Life On Peritoneal Dialysis
One of the options for treatment of end stage kidney disease, the other options are hemodialysis and kidney transplantation. In peritoneal dialysis a tube is placed surgically in the belly. One end is in the peritoneal cavity and the other end is outside. Dialysis fluid is placed in the peritoneal cavity through the tube. The peritoneum acts as a filter, and drained ...Read more
Dialysis: I have taken care of patients who have been on dialysis for over 20 years. It really depends on the patient and how well they manage their multiple diseases. It requires care by the patient and the physician but there is no limit as to how long someone can survive on dialysis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Cirrhosis is an end stage result of liver disease caused by a number of things(alcohol, autoimmune, virus)in later stages one may experience yellowing of skin(jaundice), itching, easy bruising and in the final stages confusion. One can live quit a long time with cirrhosis as long as they avoid anything that may further harm the liver. Any of the above noted symptoms often mean months to weeks left. ...Read more
What's the cause?: And how bad is the failure? If it's the result of acetaminopen poisoning or acute hepatitis b or an 'herbal remedy' that was actually poison (this is fairly common), the person can recover completely if treated. In early cirrhosis, if the cause can be found, the scarring can partly reverse. ...Read more
Many Years: If hypertension is adequately treated then a patient can live a normal lifespan. Adequate treatment includes proper diet (lose weight if overweight, less sodium), reduced alcohol intake, plenty of aerobic exercise, and medications. Drugs for hypertension include beta, angiotensin and calcium channel blockers, as well as diuretics. Many people require several drugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Comorbities: Dialysis keeps people with severe kidney disease from dying of kidney failure. People on dialysis will all die from diseases other than renal failure. Life expectancy is typically related to how healthy the person is other than their kidney disease. I have patients that have lived more than 25 years on dialysis. The key is limiting cardiovascular risk and following the teams instructions. ...Read more
Depends: The national average survival at one year is about 84% and at 3 years about 71%. That does not mean that you cannot live longer. We have a patient alive at 20 years after lung transplantation. But that is the exception... Many things affect survival after lung transplantation. Some of those things we can control, others we cannot... ...Read more
Depends: A person may eliminate the virus naturally and have a normal life span. Successful treatment may eliminate the virus and restore normal life span. A person with persisitent infection and other risk factors, such as alcoholism, other liver infections may develop cirrhosis and or liver cancer and have his/her life shortend by decades. ...Read more
Ask his/her doctor: Depends on many factors, including current overall health, functional status, ongoing palliative treatments including palliative chemotherapy, and so on. His/her doctors (including hospice or palliative doctor) could give an average estimate and tell you how likely it would apply to that person's situation. ...Read more
Highly variable: "brain tumor" covers many kinds of tumor, some fully benign and very slow-growing, and some highly malignant and rapidly growing. If one has a highly malignant brain tumor and is not treated at all, it may kill within a few weeks of discovery, or even sooner. For benign tumors, failure to treat may lead to serious disability or even death years after the diagnosis is initially made. ...Read more
Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more
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