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Doctor insights on: How Long After Kidney Failure Until Death

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Is kidney failure a painful death if left untreated?

Is kidney failure a painful death if left untreated?

No: Patients in renal failure who are not on dialysis accumulate renal toxins in their bloodstream. This affects brain function, causing the patient to feel sleepy, be confused, and lose their appetite. If a patient has no remaining renal function when they stop dialysis, they will fall into a uremic coma 7-10 days after stopping dialysis, and die within 14-21 days. This process is painless. ...Read more

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


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Can you let me know how many worldewide deaths per year are caused by kidney failure?

Can you let me know how many worldewide deaths per year are caused by kidney failure?

Death Rates: I gfound your question intriguing. So, I went to the internet and found a really interesting website. I suggest you go there and explore: http://www. Worldlifeexpectancy. Com/cause-of-death/kidney-disease/by-country/. I certainly am! ...Read more

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Dr. Jason cogdill. Thx for answering the q re: prerenal kidney failure. What timeline do you mean by "short-term" risk is death? Thx.

Dr. Jason cogdill. Thx for answering the q re: prerenal kidney failure. What timeline do you mean by "short-term" risk is death? Thx.

For your question: The short term referred to 1week. That first week if the kidney had gone down to less then 5% of normal for a prolonged period of time death would have been a real risk. ...Read more

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How does death from a fatal dose of aspirin work? Would you die from liver or kidney failure?

How does death from a fatal dose of aspirin work? Would you die from liver or kidney failure?

Respiratory failure: Too much Aspirin interferes with the last part of your aerobic metabolism of energy, cytochrome c. It uncouples this area and one has to resort to anaerobic metabolism. Severe metabolic acidosis will ensue, the respiratory system will try to compensate but will fail and combined acidosis ensues and lack of energy just will not sustain life. ...Read more

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My mother has congestive heart failure with kidney failure and fluid build up in her lungs. Been in hospital on & off for 3 months. Death soon?

My mother has congestive heart failure with kidney failure and fluid build up in her lungs. Been in hospital on & off for 3 months. Death soon?

Depends,: The details that matter include how bad are kidneys eg stage 3, 4, 5? And how bad is heart ejection fraction ef, how low? 30, 20, 10? How responsive is she to water pills? Does she have other illnesses (comorbidities)? She sounds certainly very ill. Ask her doc about more information including above questions and the discussion will flow more naturally to better answer the question of longevity. ...Read more

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How long can a person live with kidney failure?

It depends: It depends on the severity of the kidney failure and the need for temporary or permanent dialysis (and/or transplant)

other important factors include associated medical conditions (heart, lungs etc)

see your doctor. ...Read more

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Kidney failure-- how long will you live on average?

Kidney failure-- how long will you live on average?

Many years: Most people with kidney failure don't die of it but rather associated conditions the first being cardiovascular disease and second infections.
One can be maintained on dialysis for many years and transplantation has great success plus the progression can be delayed by medication and diet. ...Read more

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For how long do people usually live if they have chronic kidney failure?

For how long do people usually live if they have chronic kidney failure?

With good care, long: With the proper management of blood pressure, kidney diet (low protein, phosphor, potassium), keeping urine protein low progress of the kidney failure slow downs. At the time of need dialysis replaces kidney function and it can be followed by transplant so the life will go on. ...Read more

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If my uncle is dying of kidney failure, how long can he live on dialyses?

If my uncle is dying of kidney failure, how long can he live on dialyses?

More than 20 years: Aperson with kidney failure who does not have other coexisting conditions like diabetes, hupertension. Cardiac disease can live a normal life on dialysis under strict medical care, you can live like people without kidney failure
but if you have other coexisting conditions than it may be different, one can die from complications of these diseases, like heart attack, stroke, etc. ...Read more

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What happens and how long are you hospitalized for a sever kidney failure?

Depends!: This all depends on how ill you are, and the cause of your renal failure. Emergent dialysis may be a temporary measure in some situations. But if you've been heading into renal failure for a while, you will be stabilized. Plans will be made with you for ongoing dialysis, and hopefully, preparation for transplant. If ongoing dialysis will be needed, consider home dialysis - more flexibility. ...Read more

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What will happen and how long are you hospitalized for a severe kidney failure?

What will happen and how long are you hospitalized for a severe kidney failure?

Depends: 1) what will happen: depends on the cause of kidney failure. Something like dehydration related kidney failure almost always recovers. Inflammatory processes of kidneys (glomerulonephritis) might not.
2) how long are you hospitalized: again depends on the cause of kidney failure. ...Read more

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Please can I get some help? How long do people usually live if they have chronic kidney failure?

Please can I get some help? How long do people usually live if they have chronic kidney failure?

It depends: It depends upon may different factors. But, rather than trying to give a simple answer, go to this website (reputable organization) and read about Stage 4 renal disease: http://www. Kidney. Org/patients/peers/stage4.cfm. There is great info there. ...Read more

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For how long does acute kidney failure last?

For how long does acute kidney failure last?

Acute renal failure: Most patients with acute renal failure (a) start to recover their renal function in less than 3 weeks. Some, and older, patients can take longer to recover their renal function, up to 3-4 months. If the renal failure is not resolved in 3 weeks, ask the nephrologist involved in the patient's care for a better answer to your question. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long will an elderly person live with kidney failure?

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

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How long can a person with kidney failure be on morphine?

Forever: The use of opioids to control chronic nonmalignant pain (i.e., not associated with a terminal disease) is fairly recent
and is a complex and somewhat controversial issue. As opposed to many other medications used in pain, opioids do not cause organ damage with long-term use. The concerns about tolerance, physical dependence and addiction, many health professionals are still reluctant to prescribe. ...Read more

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How long can an elderly person survive with kidney failure?

How long can an elderly person survive with kidney failure?

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

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How long does it take for an elderly person to die of kidney failure?

Very variable: Untreated acute kidney failure can result in death within a few days. Many people, including elderly, with chronic kidney failure can live for many years. Patient's nephrologist is best person to advise. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will one live with stage 4 kidney failure?

Can someone tell me how long will one live with stage 4 kidney failure?

ESRD: The exact life expectancy for kidney patients that are at stage 4 is affected by many factors such age, gender, underlying cause, treatment, diets and life habits as well as other complications like heart problems. Go here to read more: http://www. Kidney-cares. Org/stage-ckd-4-prognosis/1132.Html. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an elderly person to die from moderate kidney failure?

How long does it take for an elderly person to die from moderate kidney failure?

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

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How long it takes to get back to normal after an episode of acute kidney failure?

How long it takes to get back to normal after an episode of acute kidney failure?

Depends: If you have a less severe form of acute renal failure (ARF) like dehydration then probably a couple of days. However if you have a more severe form of ARF like a glomerulonephritis or infection causing acute tubular necrosis, the your recovering time might take weeks. In the severe form, you also may never get back to normal kidney function as well. ...Read more

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How long would someone have to live if they are in kidney failure, and are not on dialysis?

How long would someone have to live if they are in kidney failure, and are not on dialysis?

Ask the Physician: There are many different stages of kidney failure and not all of them require dialysis. Only the physician taking care of the patient in renal failure knows enough about the particular patient to be able to give any guess. ...Read more

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Is it possible to hold urine in long enough to cause kidney failure?

Is it possible to hold urine in long enough to cause kidney failure?

Kidney failure?: Patients with obstruction of their urinary outflow tracts can make no, or diminished amounts of urine due to that blockage. The bad news is that it can cause acute kidney failure (akf) and the good news is that akf, if caught early enough, can be reversed and the patient can recover their renal function. Remember, the patients are not holding in their urine, it is just not reaching their bladder. ...Read more

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How long can one live with stage 4 kidney failure, without dialysis?

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

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How long does it take for somone with microalbumin to progress to kidney failure.

Varies: Presence of Albumin or protein in urine is just one sign of kidney damage. The higher the level of protein in urine the quicker the progression of kidney disease. There are several other factors such as blood pressure control, diabetic control that are important.
Generally speaking microalbumin is low level of protein in urine which means the kidney damage is at very early stages. ...Read more

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If soneone has kidney failure how long will they live on average, with no transplant?

Need more Info: Life expectancy with end stage renal disease (kidney failure) would be impacted by other systemic diseases (diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.) and age at the time of diagnosis. There have been people leaving 20 years or more on dialysis. ...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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Esrd (Definition)

End stage renal disease (ESRD) = final stage ...Read more