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How Long Can One Survive Without 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
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
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
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
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
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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