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Why is the mortality risk so high for icu patients having acute renal failure? If you are already in the hospital, can't you start dialysis quickly?

Why is the mortality risk so high for icu patients having acute renal failure? If you are already in the hospital, can't you start dialysis quickly?

Renal failure death: Patients in the ICU who have a acute kidney failure (akf) have something that caused it, usually hypotension. The are very sick and have multi-systemic problems and may have an overwhelming infection leading to their akf. Although dialysis can replace kidney function lost in akf, it cannot perform any of the functions of other organs in the body. They need more than just kidney function to live. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Subsequent to heart surgery patients suffers acute renal failure, dialysis done breifly then low b.P occurs now dialys?

Subsequent to heart surgery patients suffers acute renal failure, dialysis done breifly then low b.P occurs now dialys?

Depends : Very low blood pressure sometimes hurts kidney function. The need for dialysis in the acute hospital setting is determined by complications of poor kidney function. Your physician can help explain this in the context of the specific patient. ...Read more

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Was told I have renal failure and cretin level 7 , can I avoid dialysis . I am on a very heavy diet avoiding sodium, potassium, protin?

Was told I have renal failure and cretin level 7 , can I avoid dialysis .

I am on a very heavy diet avoiding sodium, potassium, protin?

See a nephrologist: Only a kidney specialist can address this question. The underlying cause of your renal failure is likely going to factor in to the answer. With a creatinine of 7 you should already be seeing a nephrologist. ...Read more

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Can I use lemon for dialysis patient who is in a renal diet ?

Can I use lemon for dialysis patient who is in a renal diet ?

Lemon and dialysis: Lemon juice has potassium (k). Elevated k levels are common in dialysis patients due to their kidneys not being able to eliminate k. Ask the patient's renal dietician (d) your question. The d will know the patient's k level and residual renal function. The d will be able to tell you how much, and if you should, give lemons to the patient in question. ...Read more

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What is the average life expectancy for someone in end-stage renal failure on dialysis?

Depends upon health: Very variable. Current medical literature quotes 22% annual mortality rate which suggests 5 year survival rate. However, younger and otherwise healthy subjects can live 10 -20 years on dialysis. Kidney transplantation has a much better prognosis if and when there is choice. Some subjects only need tdialysis on temporary basis on temporary and recover kidney function. Others are 2 sick for transpl. ...Read more

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How can a person with total renal failure, who is on dialysis, pass small amounts of urine?

Residual kidney: Yes it is called the residual kidney function, meaning that kidneys ahem still making producing some urine. On hemodialysis this function is lost rapidly however on peritoneal dialysis one may maintain that function for a long time. ...Read more

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My son who is 17 has renal failure, he has dialysis three times a week for three hours. What hope is there for him?

My son who is 17 has renal failure, he has dialysis three times a week for three hours. What hope is there for him?

17 year old on HD: I am sorry to hear about your son's misfortune. He can look forward to a renal transplant from either a family member or from a deceased donor. Speak to your son's nephrologist about a renal transplant program near you and get more information on what you can do. Good luck. ...Read more

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Copd + renal failure not a candidate for dialysis?

Copd + renal failure not a candidate for dialysis?

Depends...: It depends on the severity of the copd. If the patient is on COPD medications and has relatively mild symptoms and/or is well-controlled, then dialysis can be given. It will likely need to be hemodialysis as a pulmonary patient is not likely to tolerate peritoneal dialysis. For an individual case, a kidney specialist will determine if the patient will tolerate dialysis treatment. ...Read more

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My 6yrs old nephew has renal failure, stage 5. If he undergos dialysis, what is the percentage of survival?

My 6yrs old nephew has renal failure, stage 5. If he undergos dialysis, what is the percentage of survival?

A lot of signs: Usually nausea, vomiting , weight loss , shortness of breath , trembling of hands, palor and mood disorders, problem sleeping are mostly the signs and symptoms of impending renal failure. ...Read more

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How effective is dialysis for treating acute renal failure?

How effective is dialysis for treating acute renal failure?

Treating ARF: When used correctly and the underlying reason is also treated correctly, you cannot beat the combination of medical management of ARF along with prudent dialysis. ...Read more

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


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