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How many times must your kidney fail before you have to go on dialysis?

How many times must your kidney fail before you have to go on dialysis?

??: The" # of times that kidneys fail" is not what decides whether or not dialysis is necessary, that is a decision made after looking at blood tests to measure the levels of proteins that should be cleared by the kidneys ( creatinine) , calculating the GFR - glomerular filtration rate ( or how efficient the kidneys are clearing waste) and urine output. A nephrologist should be on board asap. ...Read more

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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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My brother is going through dialysis 3 times a week.Kidney disease stage v. Can he be treated without kidney transplant.He is 27 yrs. Plz help.

My brother is going through dialysis 3 times a week.Kidney disease stage v. Can he be treated without kidney transplant.He is 27 yrs. Plz help.

Yes: He can remain on dialysis for as long as he is alive. He will have a significantly shorter life expectancy compared to a nondialysis patient. Transplanted patients however, have a significantly longer life expectancy than dialysis patients. In addition, patients with kidney transplants rate their quality of life much higher than dialysis patients. ...Read more

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Is dialysis necessary to cure kidney disease?

Is dialysis necessary to cure kidney disease?

No: Dialysis does not cure kidney disease. It replaces enough kidney function to allow support and survival while the kidneys get better or, if kidney failure is permanent, until transplant can be considered. Some permanent kidney failure patients remain on dialysis for the rest of their lives. ...Read more

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What causes kidney disease and the subsequently need for dialysis?

What causes kidney disease and the subsequently need for dialysis?

Lots of causes: There are many causes for chronic kidney disease (ckd). Most common that i see for patients that need dialysis access are diabetes and poorly controlled high blood pressure. Another fairly common one is an inherited condition called polycystic kidney disease. Other causes include immunologic diseases which attack the kidneys, and anatomic problems that cause blockage of the kidneys. ...Read more

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What are the causes of kidney disease and the subsequently the need for dialysis?

What are the causes of kidney disease and the subsequently the need for dialysis?

Kidney Diseases: Some of the causes for kidney disease (kd) are diabetes, hypertension, hiv, glomerular diseases, use of nephrotoxic drugs or exposure to nephrotoxic agents, obstruction of the urinary tract polycystic kidney disease, among others. See a nephrologist to be evaluated for the cause in any particular case. ...Read more

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If I have chronic kidney disease, will I ultimately need dialysis or a transplant?

If I have chronic kidney disease, will I ultimately need dialysis or a transplant?

No: Not necessarily. It depends on the cause of the chronic kidney disease, your other health concerns (such as elevated blood pressure), your age, and how long you have had kidney disease. It would be wise to control diabetes, blood pressure, and monitor medication use that could further cause kidney harm to prevent progression to dialysis and/or transplant. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to fall from stage 3 kidney disease to dialysis?

No single answer: It can range from "never", to "few months" in the worst case scenario. There are red flags that are predictive of a worst outcome like uncontrolled blood pressure or massive amounts of protein in the urine. There are some equations that can help nephrologists make a reasonable prediction, but they are not quite as good as crystal balls! ...Read more

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Can enzyme therapy help with chronic kidney disease and dialysis treatment?

Can enzyme therapy help with chronic kidney disease and dialysis treatment?

Debatable: One newer approach to treating chronic kidney disease (ckd) is experimental anti-inflammatory drugs. There have been limited positive results. Alternatively, there are many testimonials on the benefits of enzyme therapy for a variety of disorders, many of which have some inflammatory component. Thus, benefits of enzyme therapy in ckd/dialysis is debatable. Best, talk to your doctor and discuss. ...Read more

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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