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End Stage Kidney Failure Symptoms
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
Uremia: If you have renal failure and is unable to excrete toxins and excess electrolytes/water from your body, you are likely to have symptoms and signs of uremia. They include nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, inability to concentrate, diffuse itching, and lethargy in addition to having fluid retention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Other factors too!: A lot of other things help explain this. If the person has multiple other medical problems life expectancy could be very short. From my experience most people with end-stage kidney disease have a matter of years on average. Anyone with end-stage disease of any kind should be actively preparing for the end-of-life, creating advanced directives and completing their bucket lists! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ESRD options: Patients with esrd have 4 options. One is hemodialysis (h), either at a dialysis center, doing regular or nocturnal h, or doing h at home. The second is, peritoneal dialysis. Esrd patients can receive a transplant for either a living related or a cadaveric donor. The 4th option is one that very few patients consider, and that is not starting dialysis at all leading to a fatal outcome. ...Read more
If someone has ascitites, kidney failure, end stage liver failure, how long would their life span be?
No signs/symptoms: Check out http://www.davita.com/kidney-disease/overview/stages-of-kidney-disease/stage-1-of-chronic-kidney-disease/e/4745 & http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/kidney-disease/basics/definition/con-20026778 for more info. ...Read more
Husband was diagnosed with end stage liver disease, congestive heart failure, common variable immunodeficiency, ulcerative colitis. How much longer?
Impossible: There are many variables that you don't state (and probably don't know). Even if all the lab values were available, an accurate time table is never possible with human beings. I think you know from your question that each day with your husband now is precious. Try to enjoy what time he has left. ...Read more
Dad 92, just went on hospice with CHF and third stage renal failure, ejection fraction of 35-40what is prognosis?
Hard to say: It sounds like your father is dealing with a lot of serious illnesses, and as people get older, everything can get more complicated. To qualify for hospice, typically death is expected within 6 months, and most families find hospice a very rewarding and dignified way to care for family members at the end of life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not good.: When a liver with cirrhosis is having trouble doing it's job, it's called end-stage liver disease. This means that the liver is beginning to fail. Generally, patient in this setting will die or need transplant within a few years. Having cirrhosis, however, is not the same as end stage liver disease. Only when the liver starts to fail do we call it end stage. ...Read more
Difficult to say: Signs that someone is nearing the end of life include weight loss, decreased speech (fewer than 6 words per day), need for medical interventions like IV fluids, frequent infections, not walking any longer and decreased interactivity with others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Liver transplant: Most patients with the very end stages of liver failure will not recover - especially if they have underlying cirrhosis. The only reliable treatment for these patients is liver transplant, which is very successful in returning someone to a normal life. Patients without cirrhosis who just have acute liver injury may recover liver function if given supportive care and enough time. ...Read more
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