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How long does it take for an elderly person to die of kidney failure?

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

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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How long does it take for an elderly person to die from moderate kidney failure?

How long does it take for an elderly person to die from moderate kidney failure?

See below: People do not die of moderate renal failure we like to determine what stage 1 to 5 your kidneyfunction is at..Important to know what GFR of your kidneys.When this rate is less than 10-15 , [normally90 ] and untreated you develop what is called uremia [accumulation of waste in your blood] or if there are electrolyte abnormalities like high pottassium, this would cause the heart to slow down or stop. ...Read more

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How long does it take for somone with microalbumin to progress to kidney failure.

How long does it take for somone with microalbumin to progress to kidney failure.

Varies: Presence of Albumin or protein in urine is just one sign of kidney damage. The higher the level of protein in urine the quicker the progression of kidney disease. There are several other factors such as blood pressure control, diabetic control that are important. Generally speaking microalbumin is low level of protein in urine which means the kidney damage is at very early stages. ...Read more

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How long it takes to get back to normal after an episode of acute kidney failure?

How long it takes to get back to normal after an episode of  acute kidney failure?

Depends: If you have a less severe form of acute renal failure (ARF) like dehydration then probably a couple of days. However if you have a more severe form of ARF like a glomerulonephritis or infection causing acute tubular necrosis, the your recovering time might take weeks. In the severe form, you also may never get back to normal kidney function as well. ...Read more

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Can you die of kidney failure?

Can you die of kidney failure?

Not neccesarily: Mild kidney failure does not. Severe kidney failure can be correctable also. Otherwise severe damage is treated with dialysis and transplantation. Chances of death increase with severity. ...Read more

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Can someone have acute kidney failure, not know it and die? Or would it eventually get severe enough to where they'd know they need to seek help?

Can someone have acute kidney failure, not know it and die? Or would it eventually get severe enough to where they'd know they need to seek help?

Acute = fast: Acute renal failure can act fast and as it gets severe you'd most likely know about it and seek help, but possibly not soon enough to reverse the condition. Similarly, the problem with chronic renal failure is that you may not catch it early enough to reverse or delay the progression of the disease. Testing can be pretty simple & good treatments frequently are effective so get checked by your doc. ...Read more

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How long can a person live with kidney failure?

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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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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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?

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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Dr. Tarek Naguib
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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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Esrd (Definition)

End stage renal disease (ESRD) = final stage ...Read more