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Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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What does chronic kidney failure really mean?

What does chronic kidney failure really mean?

Chronic kidneydiseas: Chronic kidney failure is the loss of functioning kidney tissue due to permanent damage to the tiny subunits called nephrons.We have about a million nephrons per kidney, and as we lose nephrons the ones that are left enlarge and work harder until they reach their limit, at which point the kidney can no longer keep up with the body's needs to excrete toxins, balance fluids and minerals and other fx. ...Read more

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How is chronic kidney failure typically diagnosed?

How is chronic kidney failure typically diagnosed?

Urine and blood test: When visiting your primary care doctor, the doctor can perform simple urine and blood test to rule out chronic kidney problems. The doctor can check your urine for protein or your creatinine on your blood tests to rule out kidney problems. Chronic kidney problems occure more commonly in patients with diabetes and hypertension. ...Read more

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How are acute and chronic kidney failure different?

How are acute and chronic kidney failure different?

Acute: recent: In gral. "acute" means of "recent" origen, and "chronic" means "old" or less recent. Some classifications use 6 months for "subacute". Chronic renal failure is insidious and depends upon the cause and how fast it gets worst. Acute renal failure usually is caused by low fluid volume in the body either dehydration or bleeding or it may be caused by toxins (poison, medications , dye contrast). ...Read more

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Is the whole kidney affected by chronic kidney failure?

Is the whole kidney affected by chronic kidney failure?

Yes: Chronic kidney disease eventually involves the whole kidney. Disorders may start out in one location, but over time the kidney's adaptive processes lead to damage of all glomeruli and tubules. ...Read more

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For how long do people usually live if they have chronic kidney failure?

With good care, long: With the proper management of blood pressure, kidney diet( low protein, phosphor, potassium) , keeping urine protein low progress of the kidney failure slow downs. At the time of need dialysis replaces kidney function and it can be followed by transplant so the life will go on. ...Read more

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Is there any possibility to cure chronic kidney failure completly in future ?

Is there any possibility to cure chronic kidney failure completly in future ?

I do not know that.: We will have to wait to see. There are many different causes for kidney failure - so as each is addressed it brings hope. ...Read more

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Please can I get some help? How long do people usually live if they have chronic kidney failure?

Please can I get some help? How long do people usually live if they have chronic kidney failure?

It depends: It depends upon may different factors. But, rather than trying to give a simple answer, go to this website (reputable organization) and read about Stage 4 renal disease: http://www.kidney.org/patients/peers/stage4.cfm. There is great info there. ...Read more

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My sister says she has chronic kidney failure. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Sometimes: There are many causes of chronic kidney disease. Some of those causes are genetic/familial and so family members may get the same condition. Others are completely separate and there is no association. We know that overall, having a first degree relative who has to have dialysis will increase the chance of an individual eventually needing it as well. ...Read more

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Can chronic constipations cause kidney failure ?

Can chronic constipations cause kidney failure ?

Very unlikely: The intestinal tree is not at all close to the urinary system in that it is highly unlikely constipation will lead to damaging of the urinary system. ...Read more

Dr. Tarek Naguib
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Kidney Failure (Definition)

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


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Esrd (Definition)

End stage renal disease (ESRD, or sometimes called chronic kidney disease), describes any condition where there is a progressive ...Read more