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Elderly Kidney Failure How Long Until Death
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
If someone has ascitites, kidney failure, end stage liver failure, how long would their life span be?
Kidney failure: It depends on how severe the kidney failure is. Many elderly people develop mild chronic kidney disease (or failure) and can live normal lives. Acute kidney failure can be more severe, but often is reversible. I have patients in their 90s with severe kidney disease and they are doing well. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on the quality of life. There are different stages of renal failure. There are different presentations of stroke. But the most important part of piece is the living wills. So if this person has bad stroke and renal failure along with the living wills stating that this person does not want an artifical nutrition and dialysis then it is terminal condition, less than six months to live. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Without the benefit: Of a history, exam, and necessary data, this is impossible to answer adequately. If these organs are truly failing, the patient would require life-support (vasopressor medications, mechanical ventilation, dialysis) and ICU level of care. A physician directly involved in the care of the patient should be able to provide you with more detailed information specific to your case. Best wishes. ...Read more
Hard to say: Based on statistics, sadly, about 25% of patients receiving kidney dialysis die each year. A person with kidney failure not receiving dialysis, likely will not survive longer than a few weeks. You should know that, when one dies from kidney failure, he or she usually experiences very little pain or discomfort. ...Read more
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
Variable: All 94yo patients have a high overall mortality rate. Renal failure and congestive heart failure are two conditions which can contribute to a rapid decline and death over the short term. Conversely, if the renal insufficiency is mild, and the CHF is well managed, limited life expectancy may not be unduly hastened. ...Read more
Depends on disease: Acute kidney failure is a condition due to many different reasons. If the reason resolves the disease resolves usually with a mild residual. However, the time frame depends on reason and kind of kidney failure and even varies within the same kind depending on degree of involvement and health and age of the patient. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stage 4 CKD, HD: At ckd stage 4, one does not need dialysis. The time before a patient starts on dialysis depends on what the causes for the ckd, how well it is being controlled, e.g. Diabetes or hbp and the age of the patient. The nephrologist (n) treating this patient is in a much better position to answer your question. What does the patient's n say about the start of renal replacement therapy? ...Read more
Unpredictable: Although statistics reveal the "average" life span of dialysis patients, each person has unique personal and physiologic characteristics that make predictions unreliable. Associated medical conditions, genetic makeup, comliance to recommended therapy, overall health and habits, and mental attitude can markedly modify the effect and outcome of dialysis treatments. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends...: On severity. Many patients with appropriate treatment can lead full lives. ...Read more
CHF: CHF treated well could be consistent with a long life if it stays stable. It needs the patient and medical staff to work together. The cause of the CHF as well as the treatment and the other status of the patient come into the equation also. ...Read more
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