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Doctor insights on: How Long Can You Live Once You Stop Dialysis

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Can you tell me if a person is recieving dialysis and decieded to stop treatment.How long would they live?

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

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 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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When is it time to to stop dialysis?

When is it time to to stop dialysis?

See below: Dialysis is initiated if your nephrologists determines you have inadequate kidney function, some cases are reversible and they can determine if you have recovered some function and hold dialysis. ...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 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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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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