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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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Can you die of kidney failure?

Can you die of kidney failure?

Not neccesarily: Mild kidney failure does not. Severe kidney failure can be correctable also. Otherwise severe damage is treated with dialysis and transplantation. Chances of death increase with severity. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an elderly person to die of kidney failure?

How long does it take for an elderly person to die of kidney failure?

Very variable: Untreated acute kidney failure can result in death within a few days. Many people, including elderly, with chronic kidney failure can live for many years. Patient's nephrologist is best person to advise. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an elderly person to die from moderate kidney failure?

How long does it take for an elderly person to die from moderate kidney failure?

See below: People do not die of moderate renal failure we like to determine what stage 1 to 5 your kidneyfunction is at..Important to know what GFR of your kidneys.When this rate is less than 10-15 , [normally90 ] and untreated you develop what is called uremia [accumulation of waste in your blood] or if there are electrolyte abnormalities like high pottassium, this would cause the heart to slow down or stop. ...Read more

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Can someone have acute kidney failure, not know it and die? Or would it eventually get severe enough to where they'd know they need to seek help?

Can someone have acute kidney failure, not know it and die? Or would it eventually get severe enough to where they'd know they need to seek help?

Acute = fast: Acute renal failure can act fast and as it gets severe you'd most likely know about it and seek help, but possibly not soon enough to reverse the condition. Similarly, the problem with chronic renal failure is that you may not catch it early enough to reverse or delay the progression of the disease. Testing can be pretty simple & good treatments frequently are effective so get checked by your doc. ...Read more

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Is kidney failure a painful death if left untreated?

Is kidney failure a painful death if left untreated?

No: Patients in renal failure who are not on dialysis accumulate renal toxins in their bloodstream. This affects brain function, causing the patient to feel sleepy, be confused, and lose their appetite. If a patient has no remaining renal function when they stop dialysis, they will fall into a uremic coma 7-10 days after stopping dialysis, and die within 14-21 days. This process is painless. ...Read more

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Dr. Jason cogdill. Thx for answering the q re: prerenal kidney failure. What timeline do you mean by "short-term" risk is death? Thx.

For your question: The short term referred to 1week. That first week if the kidney had gone down to less then 5% of normal for a prolonged period of time death would have been a real risk. ...Read more

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My brother (51) is in the final stages of multiple myeloma and was told he will die of kidney failure. Blood tranfusions weekly. Timeline estimate?

My brother (51) is in the final stages of multiple myeloma and was told he will die of  kidney failure. Blood tranfusions weekly. Timeline estimate?

Get extra support: Agree with prior answer that difficult to say. If not already involved ask for a palliative medicine specialist to work with your hematology-oncology team. They might be able to provide additional prognostication opinions as they monitor his progress and also provide additional support for the time that he has. ...Read more

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If I only drink beer for 3 days will I die from dehydration? Will I get kidney failure.

If I only drink beer for 3 days will I die from dehydration? Will I get kidney failure.

Hard to say: In theory, there is enough water in beer that some level of intake for 3 days would meet your fluid needs without permanent harm.However, the margin of error is narrow.Alcohol interferes with the bodies safety system that reclaims water from the kidneys, and at some level you would pee out more water than that contained by the beer.Dangerous but not always fatal. ...Read more

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How does death from a fatal dose of aspirin work? Would you die from liver or kidney failure?

How does death from a fatal dose of aspirin work?  Would you die from liver or kidney failure?

Respiratory failure: Too much Aspirin interferes with the last part of your aerobic metabolism of energy, cytochrome c. It uncouples this area and one has to resort to anaerobic metabolism. Severe metabolic acidosis will ensue, the respiratory system will try to compensate but will fail and combined acidosis ensues and lack of energy just will not sustain life. ...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


Dr. Fred McCurdy
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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