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How Long To Live With Complete Kidney Failure
Weeks to many years: Complex question. Relates to what is causing it, at what stage it is diagnosed, the quality and consistency of care one receives (as with any chronic illness), the quality of the renal program if one needs dialysis, or renal transplant, whether complications from all the medications needed occur, whether transplant is rejected, whether donor kidney available when needed etc etc etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Depends: There has been a large amount of literature that has come out regaarding the elderly with advanced kidney disease and delaying dialysis. People actually do bette rwithout dialysis if they have no symptoms related to kidney failure(volume overload, uremia, etc). Some patients can live years without significant symproms or compromise, while others may need dialysis earlier. ...Read more
Depends.: Depends on the severity and reversibility of these. This is a dangerous combination of organs to be failing and should be followed closely by doctors. ...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
Hard to say: Based on statistics, sadly, about 25% of patients receiving kidney dialysis die each year. A person with kidney failure not receiving dialysis, likely will not survive longer than a few weeks. You should know that, when one dies from kidney failure, he or she usually experiences very little pain or discomfort. ...Read more
Without the benefit: Of a history, exam, and necessary data, this is impossible to answer adequately. If these organs are truly failing, the patient would require life-support (vasopressor medications, mechanical ventilation, dialysis) and ICU level of care. A physician directly involved in the care of the patient should be able to provide you with more detailed information specific to your case. Best wishes. ...Read more
How much time can you live with complete renal failure and limited dialysis following sepsis caused by gall stones?
What's the cause?: And how bad is the failure? If it's the result of acetaminopen poisoning or acute hepatitis b or an 'herbal remedy' that was actually poison (this is fairly common), the person can recover completely if treated. In early cirrhosis, if the cause can be found, the scarring can partly reverse. ...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
CHF: CHF treated well could be consistent with a long life if it stays stable. It needs the patient and medical staff to work together. The cause of the CHF as well as the treatment and the other status of the patient come into the equation also. ...Read more
CHF and CKD: Tough to say - depends upon reason for CHF, valve disease, heart muscle disease, and how severe kidney disease is. These can be managed with careful diet, careful balance of medications, dialysis and kidney transplant - all depends upon age of individual. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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