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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

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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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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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