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How Long Can A Person Stay On Dialysis
Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more
Dialysis: I have taken care of patients who have been on dialysis for over 20 years. It really depends on the patient and how well they manage their multiple diseases. It requires care by the patient and the physician but there is no limit as to how long someone can survive on dialysis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell me if a person is recieving dialysis and decieded to stop treatment.How long would they live?
Dialysis: Usually not very long. Water accumulates and that makes breathing more difficult. Urea accumulates and that makes the person sleepy and eventually unarousable. Blood salts get all messed up and that can cause the heart to stop suddenly. This is just for starters. The longest I have seen a patient live after stopping dialysis is 1 week, but I am sure there are reports of people going longer. ...Read more
If a person was in a car accident and has badly damaged kidneys, how long does it take to heal? He is on dialysis....
It depends: If the kidneys were directly injured by the trauma it can be a long to permanent injury. If the kidney injury is from the shock and low blood pressure from other traumatic injuries they can recover more quickly. Your doctors who know the patient directly could give you a better answer than we can. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Potentially lifelong: The duration of dialysis is dependent on the reason that one starts dialysis. If the reason is chronic kidney disease, the dialysis if lifelong, unless one obtains a kidney transplant. If the reason is temporary, the dialysis may only last for the duration of the illness. For more information, see your primary care provider or kidney specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on Kidney Fx: Your ability to survive without dialysis is dependent on how much function is left in your kidneys. Most people can survive with greater than 10% function and everyone will die within a few days with zero function. It's a crapshoot if you're between zero and 10% so it's best to make decisions with your nephrologist if you plan on making it to christmas! ...Read more
Depends on severity: Lots of people have some degree of CRF (chronic renal failure), also known as ckd or chronic kidney disease. Ckd is grouped into stages, the most severe of which is stage v indicating <15% function. Dialysis is usually recommended when the function is <10%. Many patients survive without having to start dialysis with lesser degrees of disease, especially if they follow their doctor's advice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on symptoms: Dialysis procedure does the work of kidneys- removing the toxins from the blood. If the symptoms are present due to toxins, they improve with 2-3 hd tretaments. It also depends on the intensity of dialysis given to the patient.Of note, dialysis does not the change the course of kidney disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stopping HD: It truly depends on several factors. The most important is the patient's residual renal function. The more the kidneys work, the longer it takes for the toxins to build up. Outside of that, there are no set time frames. I have seen patients pass within 2-5 days but I have also seen patients live for longer than 3 weeks. ...Read more
Dialysis time: There are different types of dialysis. Hemodialysis (h) that can be done at a dialysis center from 4 hours 3x/week and nocturnal dialysis and takes 8 hours. Patients on home hemodialysis that can dialyze for 5-6 times/week. Peritoneal dialysis has a catheter in peritoneum and is daily. Dialysis patients need it until they have a kidney transplant, unless they recover renal function. ...Read more
Hard situation: A person in end-stage renal failure (chronic kidney disease stage 5) will not live long without treatment: perhaps a week or two. Talk with your nephrologist. Sometimes, if peritoneal dialysis can't be continued, you can switch quickly to hemodialysis - even if it means a central line for dialysis access. Sometimes a person can switch from hemo to peritoneal dialysis. Find out what you can -now! ...Read more
Age illnesses matter: The attached picture is from medicare data. It breaks down life expectancy of dialysis using age and sex. 20yo male on dialysis 15.3years average 40yo male on dialysis 8.4 years average 60yo male on dialysis 4.6 years average 80yo male on dialysis 2.3 years average illnesses and the reason for starting dialysis matter too, but that's too complicated for a chart. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
... unclear...: Hi! YWright, I assumed you have had stents place in both ureters to prevent or relieve permanent ureteral obstruction. If so, the odd to end-stage kidney disease leading to dialysis can be deferred for years, decades, even indefinitely depending on other underlying causes for kidney damage as along as these stents are properly followed and replaced. More? Ask your doctors. ...Read more
Dialysis time: Your kidneys work 24/7/365 to remove toxins and maintain fluid and mineral balance for your body. We do dialysis over the shortest time possible to get the job done to replace those functions without putting an intolerable strain on the heart, the dialsysis access, or other body systems. If we go too quickly you could have severe low blood pressure or severe symptomatic metabolic disturbances. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possible answer...: I was unclear about your question, needing more information. But there are temporary conditions where kidneys are injured to the point where a person needs dialysis - and then rebound. If this is the case (as in trauma, infection, or heart failure for examples), your father will need to be regularly monitored with respect to his kidney function going forward. Most people are on dialysis life-long. ...Read more
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