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Do I have to go on dialysis if my kidneys fail?

Do I have to go on dialysis if my kidneys fail?

Probably: Whether you have to start dialysis depends on how bad your kidneys are failing as well as other medical problems you have. The worst kidney failure is called stagev chronic kidney disease and indicates less than 15% kidney function. Most times a patient will be started on dialysis if the function falls below 10%, sometimes at a higher or lower level, depending on symptoms. Ask your nephrologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

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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Can you have dialysis if you have only one kidney?

Yes: You can put anybody on dialysis as long as their blood pressure can tolerate it (not drop). However, it should only be done if the kidney is having low enough of a function to need dialysis. ...Read more

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Can you take herbs for kidneys while on dialysis ?

Can you take herbs for kidneys while on dialysis ?

Herbs?: In allopathic medicine, the use of herbs are not recommended for several reasons including the uncertainty of what else could be in the herbal preparation and the lack of evidence in efficacy and safety of most herbs. ...Read more

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How long after starting dialysis until my kidneys get better?

How long after starting dialysis until my kidneys get better?

It varies: On the acuity vs chronicity of kidney problems. Most cases of acute kidney injury will recover and come off dialysis with in 3 months. If patient has developed end stage renal disease than dialysis is needed for the life term. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms before the kidneys fail without dialysis?

Symptoms of ESRD: Patients with end stage renal disease (esrd) have various symtpoms. They may have itchy skin, anorexia and a bitter taste in their mouth. They may have a uremic odor as well as having a reversal of the day-night sleeping pattern. Other symptoms are nausea and vomiting, weakness, lethary and prolonged bleeding due to a platelet dysfunction. ...Read more

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How many times can your kidney handle dialysis before failing completely?

No number: Sometimes people have "acute" problems with their kidneys requiring dialysis. The dialysis allows the body to get rid of poisons that the kidneys cannot handle at the time. The kidneys may or may not recover, but it will not be related to how many dialysis treatments are done, rather what the underlying problem that damaged the kidneys was in the first place. ...Read more

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How long can you go on with permanent kidney stands before needing dialysis?

How long can you go on with permanent kidney stands before needing dialysis?

... unclear...: Hi! YWright, I assumed you have had stents place in both ureters to prevent or relieve permanent ureteral obstruction. If so, the odd to end-stage kidney disease leading to dialysis can be deferred for years, decades, even indefinitely depending on other underlying causes for kidney damage as along as these stents are properly followed and replaced. More? Ask your doctors. ...Read more

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When your kidneys are working under 30%, how do you prepare for dialysis? Also how fast will the kidneys fail?

When your kidneys are working under 30%, how do you prepare for dialysis? Also how fast will the kidneys fail?

Uncertain...: It is hard to predict the pace of renal functional deterioration although a review on the renal functional evolution over time, medical comorbidity, lifestyle, and compliance in healthcare, etc. may hint the possible course of deterioration. At his time, just cautiously watch in collaboration with a nephrologist would be very helpful to handle further path of life. ...Read more

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I have been told I have two months to live because of kidney issues if I do not start dialysis. Are there any other options?

I have been told I have two months to live because of kidney issues if I do not start dialysis. Are there any other options?

Kidney failure : There are extreme low protein diets that consists of mostly Amino Acid supplements that can delay uremia or accumulation of nitrogen toxins. You could also get a transplant from a living donor. ...Read more

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I have some questions on the kidneys, dialysis and homeostasis?

I have some questions on the kidneys, dialysis and homeostasis?

Here's a great book:: If you are looking for good information to help you or a friend, look for "Help! I Need Dialysis" by Schatell and Agar. You'll find this reference to be very straightforward and easy to understand. If you are heading towards dialysis yourself, talk to your nephrologist about attending an information class at your local kidney center. Good luck. LGromko MD ...Read more

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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