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Doctor insights on: How Long Can A Person Stay On Dialysis

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

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


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How long can a person really survive on dialysis?

How long can a person really survive on dialysis?

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 more

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How long could a person live without dialysis?

Depends on residual: What is left of kidney function is called residual. It includes urine output amount and how much chemical is in that urine. Persons who have no urine output at all may not survive 2 weeks without dialysis as a general rule. Of course exceptions occur. ...Read more

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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

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If a person was in a car accident and has badly damaged kidneys, how long does it take to heal? He is on dialysis....

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 more

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How long to one have to do dialysis?

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 more

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How long can you survive off dialysis?

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

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How long can you live with crf without dialysis?

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 more

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How long does it take for dialysis to become effective?

How long does it take for dialysis to become effective?

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 more

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How long can one expect to live after starting dialysis?

Dialysis: It depends on many factors. The cause of end stage renal disease, the cardiovascular status of the patient, the age of the patient, other illnesses. I have had several patients on dialysis for 20+ years. ...Read more

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How long does it take to know if dialysis is really working?

How long does it take to know if dialysis is really working?

Blood tests: Your blood tests will start to normalize and symptoms such as fatigue, itching will start o get better. ...Read more

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How long will if take for someone to die after stopping dialysis.?

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

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How often can people who require dialysis have it and how long do they get it?

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

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Advice? When dialysis fails, and there are no other treaments available how long does one live?

Advice? When dialysis fails, and there are no other treaments available how long does one live?

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

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Once a patient starts dialysis, how long do they have to live?

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 more

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How long can you go on with permanent kidney stands before needing dialysis?

How long can you go on with permanent kidney stands before needing dialysis?

... 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

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Why do dialysis treatments take so long?

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 more

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What do you suggest if my father no longer needs dialysis?

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