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If one is to die from renal failure, is the death from that relatively painless or painful compared to other ways to go? Thank you.

If one is to die from renal failure, is the death from that relatively painless or painful compared to other ways to go?  Thank you.

Should be painless: Death by renal failure should be a smooth, painless death. One has to be sure his doctor and the nurses are courageous enough to use adequate doses of medications to prevent pain and distress during dying. The hospice can help. A website with a more complete description is: http://dying. About. Com/od/thedyingprocess/f/dying_of_kidney_failure. Htm. ...Read more

Dr. Tarek Naguib
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Kidney Failure (Definition)

A condition in which your kidneys suddenly stop working normally. Since your kidneys remove waste products and help balance water and salt and other minerals (electrolytes) in your blood, when your kidneys stop working, waste products, fluids, and electrolytes build up in your body. This can cause problems ...Read more


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Can a fall cause death to an elderly person with renal failure early stage?

Can a fall cause death to an elderly person with renal failure early stage?

Yes: A fall can cause the death of an elderly person in a number of ways. They could sustain a subdural hematoma or a hip fracture for instance which could lead to their death. ...Read more

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Can morphine in an esld patient cause hepatic coma, renal failure and ultimately death?

Can morphine in an esld patient cause hepatic coma, renal failure and ultimately death?

No: Hepatic coma is from the buildup of toxins not being processed by the damaged liver...Which can poison the kidneys... And eventually result in death. Morphine or other narcotics may be given to an esld patient to reduce their discomfort as they are passing. ...Read more

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End stage renal failure, what to do?

End stage renal failure, what to do?

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

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What would the life expectancy of someone with end stage renal failure be?

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 more

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If one's kidney fxn is 14 percent, is that considered end stage renal failure? Any way to reverse its course? Any fluctuation possible?

If one's kidney fxn is 14 percent, is that considered end stage renal failure?  Any way to reverse its course? Any fluctuation possible?

GFR <15 is end stage: Kidney doctors will follow the lab results, start dialysis, and refer to the transplant team if one is eligible. Criteria for transplant can vary among medical centers and may include: end-stage renal disease, creatinine clearance at 20 or less, no active or ongoing cancers, no active infections, have reasonable heart and lung function, bmi <35, no smoking/drug-abuse/alcohol-abuse, etc... ...Read more

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

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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What is the difference between acute renal failure and end-stage renal failure?

What is the difference between acute renal failure and end-stage renal failure?

Renal failure: Acute renal failure: seen in a healthy person who develops an illness (e.g. hemolytic uremic syndrome [in children] or septic shock and multiple organ dysfunction) that leads to renal failure. Often it resolves. End-stage renal disease implies that the problem has been there for weeks/months, is not going to resolve and the person may need kidney transplant ...Read more

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If someone has end stage renal failure. Wouldn't they have severe swelling all over from fluid accumulation?

Possibly: It depends on if there is still urine output or not. Some people maintain good urine volume even if they are on dialysis and in that case there is an outlet for fluid excess to leave the body.
In the absence of urine output only dialysis can remove the extra fluid so a restriction of intake is mandatory. ...Read more

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What are good ways to boost hemoglobin level for patient suffering from end stage renal failure?

Anemia and ESRD: This patient must be on dialysis. At his dialysis center, he should be receiving Epogen (epoetin alfa) to increase the hb level. There are some people that have a problem with EPO and do not raise their hb level, due to anti-epo antibodies and is rare. Other causes of no increase of hb levels are blood loss from the GI tract, hemolysis and high parathyroid hormone levels. Ask the patient's nephrologist about it. ...Read more

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My wife has end stage renal failure. She is undergoing pd now. Transplant looks like not possible in time soon. What is her life expectancy on dialysis?

Dialysis: Patients can have hd or pd for long time until they get transplant. As far as they don't get infection and get regular dialysis they will be ok for several years ... ...Read more

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Isn't it impossible for someone to have end stage renal failure with consistently normal bun and creatine blood levels and only protien in urine?

Isn't it impossible for someone to have end stage renal failure with consistently normal bun and creatine blood levels and only protien in urine?

Most likely yes: The diagnosis depends on multiple factors including the likelihood of improvement with treatment. If there can be no improvement and there is severe protienuria due to glomerular malfunction, it is possible to be labeled end-stage before a significant change in creatinine or BUN has occurred. ...Read more

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When someone has end stage renal failure, how long can they typically be expected to live if they do not get dialysis or transplant? 92 y/o with chf.

When someone has end stage renal failure, how long can they typically be expected to live if they do not get dialysis or transplant? 92 y/o with chf.

Hard to do: CHF and impaired renal function are difficult to deal with, because improving one makes the other worse. It is a fine line between reducing fluid to help the heart failure, but keeping enough to keep the kidney function from getting worse. Dialysis may be the best answer. See his nephrologist for an answer. ...Read more

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What is the difference between acute renal failure and end-stage renal failure?what is asthma? Can you tell me if someone is put on life support do they induce a coma or can that person b awake just.

A lot of information: Acute renal failure when the kidney get insulted right now, and it has the potential to turn around, and becomes normal again.
End stage renal disease is when the kidney are no longer working, to the point it required dialysis, and there is no hope of turning around, beside dialysis, patient might need a kidney transplant.
Not everybody on life support required induced coma, unless the problem in brain. ...Read more

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My mother is 84 years of age and has end stage renal failure due to sepsis through chronic UTI. But now her cr-2,urea27,but again UtI with pus cell?

My mother is 84 years of age and has end stage renal failure due to sepsis through chronic UTI.
But now her cr-2,urea27,but again UtI with pus cell?

No question posted: To get the most from this site, you need to post background information and ask a clear related question. You have posted background with no defined question. Sometimes we can suspect what it might be, but not with what you posted. You are welcome to start over. Your posts are never linked nor can we pull them up. They go out at random to the site. ...Read more

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My dad is in end stage renal failure, they told him yesterday that his liver is starting to fail. He also has calcified arteries in his heart. How long will he live with all of this? He doesn't want open-heart surgery and I don't really think he would ma

My dad is in end stage renal failure, they told him yesterday that his liver is starting to fail. He also has calcified arteries in his heart. How long will he live with all of this? He doesn't want open-heart surgery and I don't really think he would ma

It's his decision: Your father has serious medical problems. It's impossible to accurately gauge operative risk without all the details, but renal and kidney failure complicate the prospect of heart surgery. In any case, the decision to have surgery is in his hands. Get the best information from the medical team, and discuss it with your family. ...Read more

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On oxycodone and have renal failure & dialysis. Recently stopped peeing. Afraid taking 15 mg/4-6 hrs w/o peeing could overdose me.?

On oxycodone and have renal failure & dialysis. Recently stopped peeing. Afraid taking 15 mg/4-6 hrs w/o peeing could overdose me.?

You are OK: Since you have been on the drug for a while you should be ok. The drug is being cleared from your system by dialysis. Not peeing won't make much of a difference.
Drug od's occur with a rapid increase in dosage. No worry. ...Read more

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What to do if I have burning mouth syndrome (burning tongue) is this a symptom of renal failure?

What to do if I have burning mouth syndrome (burning tongue) is this a symptom of renal failure?

No: Burning mouth and burning tongue syndrome is a neuropathic pain, a dysfunction of the sensory nerve branches that supply the tongue and oral mucosa. Burning sensation, dry mouth and bitter taste are the major symptoms. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of acute renal failure?

What are some symptoms of acute renal failure?

Low urine output: Some common symptoms and signs of acute renal failure are low urine output (oliguria), edema, and high blood pressure. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of chronic renal failure?

What are some symptoms of chronic renal failure?

Uremic symptoms: As kidney function deteriorates, one will start to develop symptoms of uremia (i.e. build-up of toxins the kidneys are unable to excrete) including persistent nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, diffuse itching, depression, and inability to concentrate. As chronic kidney disease progresses, anemia will get worse and feel tired (kidneys produce a hormone that stimulates bone marrow to produce RBCs) ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the symptoms of chronic renal failure?

Doctors, what are the symptoms of chronic renal failure?

Renal failure: If you are taking about end stage renal disease i.e. In patients needing to start dialysis, some symptoms are nausea, vomiting, lethargy, anorexia, bleeding from gums, itching, reversal of day-night sleeping patterns, among others. Those patients should see a nephrologist to see if they have to start some type of dialysis. Patients with mild renal disease may have no symptoms and have abnormal labs. ...Read more

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What is the difference between chronic renal failure and end-stage renal disease?

What is the difference between chronic renal failure and end-stage renal disease?

Stages: Chronic kidney disease can be staged based on creatinine clearance in 5 stages. End stage usually designates stage 5 of chronic kidney disease. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of an old woman with renal failure, end stage dementia, incontinent?

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 more

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What can be done for my 88 year old grandmother who has stopped eating and has renal failure and congentital heart defect?

What can be done: It sounds like your grandmother has made the decision for you. She has had a long life and she has some serious health issues. The best thing I can tell you is to have a talk with your grandmother and ask her what she wants to do. It may be that she has had enough of treatments and hospitals, so you can enroll her in hospice, spend some time with her, allow her to be with her family. ...Read more

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I have slight increase in atypical lymphocytes in blood test. I don't have any symptoms. Is there any chance it could indicate chronic renal failure?

I have slight increase in atypical lymphocytes in blood test. I don't have any symptoms. Is there any chance it could indicate chronic renal failure?

See hematologist: I do not think it indicates renal failure. But atypical lymphocytes in the peripheral blood may not be normal. I would advise seeing a hematologist for diagnosis and advice. ...Read more

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How serious is renal failure?

How serious is renal failure?

It depends: Usually it depends on the reason, the severity and person health. While renal failure due to dehydration and obstruction (stones, prostate in a man)is reversible most of the time, renal failure due to intrinsic kidney problems is sometimes hard to treat. ...Read more