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How many years can people stay on dialysis before dying of kidney failure?

How many years can people stay on dialysis before dying of kidney failure?

Unpredictable: Although statistics reveal the "average" life span of dialysis patients, each person has unique personal and physiologic characteristics that make predictions unreliable. Associated medical conditions, genetic makeup, comliance to recommended therapy, overall health and habits, and mental attitude can markedly modify the effect and outcome of dialysis treatments. ...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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My 85 year old father is approaching kidney failure. Is dialysis the only option he has?

My 85 year old father is approaching kidney failure. Is dialysis the only option he has?

Realistically yes: At his age treatment with dialysis of some type is really only viable option. Be thankful because in most countries outside U.S. Dialysis becomes very limited to almost unavailable if over age 65. If younger transplant would possibly be an option and someday soon directed stem cells may be able to restore renal function but not yet. ...Read more

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My 80yo dad has opted for hospice..Stopping dialysis. Will the kidney failure be paunful? Can it be controlled? Dr.'s gave him 5days.

My 80yo dad has opted for hospice..Stopping dialysis. Will the kidney failure be paunful? Can it be controlled? Dr.'s gave him 5days.

Kidney failure: Kidney failure itself is not going to be painful. However, if he has other problems on top of it, he may experience pain. Kidney failure will cause a build up of toxic substances and he will enter a comatose state and pass away eventually. ...Read more

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Does kidney failure in small children mean dialysis?

Does kidney failure in small children mean dialysis?

It depends: Acute, reversible kidney failure in a child does not always result in dialysis. Chronic, non-reversible renal failure will likely result in dialysis. Peritoneal dialysis is preferred for a variety of reasons. Finally, renal transplant asap is the ultimate preferred treatment for children who are on dialysis. Children need to grow and getting a transplant is their best hope to see that happen. ...Read more

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What is dialysis and how is it used to treat kidney failure?

What is dialysis and how is it used to treat kidney failure?

Dialysis: The process of dialysis is to take blood out of a patient who has kidney failure and send that blood through a dialysis machine. Inside the machine, blood is filtered, somewhat like a normal kidney but much less effiiciently taking out waster and water that has accumulated in the blood. The processed blood is then returned to the patient. Typically, dialysis takes place for 4 hrs 3 days/wk. ...Read more

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How much kidney failure do you have had in order to have go on dialysis?

How much kidney failure do you have had in order to have go on dialysis?

Starting dialysis : The need for dialysis is not easily quantified by how much kidney failure you have, other than none. That is because of the multiple kinds of damage a kidney can have, and also on other illnesses you may have, like heart disease, the kind of diet you eat, and even your goal for dialysis (buying time or getting back to work). In general though, kidney function below about 5 ml per minute is a limit. ...Read more

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How long would someone have to live if they are in kidney failure, and are not on dialysis?

How long would someone have to live if they are in kidney failure, and are not on dialysis?

Ask the Physician: There are many different stages of kidney failure and not all of them require dialysis. Only the physician taking care of the patient in renal failure knows enough about the particular patient to be able to give any guess. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how a dialysis machine function in a person with kidney failure?

Can you tell me how a dialysis machine function in a person with kidney failure?

Filters: Kidneys filters blood, They basically have all the body's blood pass through them and they have specialized filters that take salts, toxins, drug and drug metabolites out. When they are not working dialysis machine's try to take over that function. Medicine has advanced a lot, and they are better than before, but still are not as efficient as the natural human kidney. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could a dialysis machine function in a person with kidney failure?

Can you tell me how could a dialysis machine function in a person with kidney failure?

Substitute...: Dialysis is needed for someone with acute or chronic kidney failure with so-called uremic syndrome with fluid and electrolyte derangement, and can be done through extracorporeal "circulation" - abdominal or vascular - to remove fluid excess and correct electrolyte imbalance

for detail, ask the expert in charge.

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I was told since I have kidney failure and I have to have dialysis that I automatically qualify for Medicare or Medicaid but wasn't able to why?

I was told since I have kidney failure and I have to have dialysis that I automatically qualify for Medicare or Medicaid but wasn't able to why?

Social worker: You don't automatically qualify for Medicaid unless certain financial worth criteria are met. Medicare is for senior citizens. I recommend that you contact the social service department at your local hospital and one of their social workers can help you understand your current insurance status and what programs you could be eligible for. ...Read more

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Is dialysis a cure for kidney failure?

Is dialysis a cure for kidney failure?

Dialysis: It is a form or kidney replacement therapy. It is not a cure. Once a person starts on dialysis, the chances that their kidneys will ever start to work again ar pretty slim (there are some exceptions, however). The added caveat here, is that while dialysis can prolong life, it can never completely replace a good functioning kidney and it is a major life change. ...Read more

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Is dialysis a true cure for kidney failure?

No: Dialysis is a way of filtering out the wastes cummulated in the blood, and renders temporary relief. Successful kidney transplant can only be a long-term cure for chronic renal failure. ...Read more

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If you have acute kidney failure do you need dialysis?

If you have acute kidney failure do you need dialysis?

Not necessarily: It depends on the cause and the degree of injury. A toxic drug that is ingested or an infection may injure the kidneys, but after it is removed or metabolized away the kidneys may recover. ...Read more

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How long can one live with stage 4 kidney failure, without dialysis?

How long can one live with stage 4 kidney failure, without dialysis?

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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What is the life expectancy for stage 5 kidney failure with starting dialysis?

What is the life expectancy for stage 5 kidney failure with starting dialysis?

Here are some...: On average, some 20-22% of the dialyzed will pass away in every each year so to live longer than 5 yrs is hard. But, young age + hope to get kidney transplant + willing to cope and live a healthy lifestyle + follow available good advice are your best possible hope. Nonetheless, do something within our control now and don't waste time & energy to think & worry about what beyond our control. Best... ...Read more

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My grandma has renal (kidney) failure and she has decided not to do dialysis. What will happen?

My grandma has renal (kidney) failure and she has decided not to do dialysis. What will happen?

Reanl failure: She will become more drowsy and disoriented. My grandfather made the same choice and he just simply went to sleep and passed away. My grandmother asked me the same question and after grandpa died she told me he was very peaceful and appeared comfortable. Thus, I have great empathy for your situation. Godspeed! ...Read more

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If someone is not elderly but has kidney failure and doesn't have dialysis how long can they live?

If someone is not elderly but has kidney failure and doesn't have dialysis how long can they live?

Depends: Now a days traditional hemodialysis or even if the blood pressure is low hemofilteration can take care of the kidney failure in an acute situation, and it will be the other problems which will determine the outcome. In the long term if permanent kidney failure is the outcome the best treatment option is a transplant with dialysis for the interim. ...Read more

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If my kidney failure leads to haemodialysis, are there some nsaids filtrated by the dialysis machine (and so used to relieve spondylarthropathy pain)?

The: Dangers on nsaida are gastric ulcer and renal insufficiency, the later not a issue because you are on dialysis. (not so with transplant) so you probably could take, remember other tx for your arthritis are available. ...Read more

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Tell me why patients with kidney failure eat and drink what they like only during the first few hours of dialysis?

Tell me why patients with kidney failure eat and drink what they like only during the first few hours of dialysis?

Nurses being nice: The total fluid removal target is programmed at the beginning of the dialysis run.

Fluids consumed on dialysis are added to the total weight target. The removal target is doable from the onset of dialysis. If you drink 32 oz in the last hour, it is difficult to get this (and the preprogrammed amount) all off in the last hour. ...Read more

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What's an alternative remedy for a patient with kidney failure aside from dialysis and kidney transplant?

Not remedy - death: Some patients with kidney failure who are not actively depressed, have tried dialysis and are not reasonable transplant candidates choose to withdraw from care and knowingly accept that they will die. This is allowed in the us but certainly not encouraged. A pulitzer prize winning author, james michener, decided after the age of 90 that he had written his last book and did withdraw from dialysis. ...Read more

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If someone has septic shock and then gets kidney failure with dialysis is there any chance they will recover?

If someone has septic shock and then gets  kidney failure with dialysis is there any chance they will recover?

Yes: Acute kidney failure has the potential to improve. Nephrologists watch for this routinely. Recovery is most likely when the other organ systems have improved too. ...Read more

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My blood pressure is 130/55 is that good? My normal is 110/70. This isnt for me. This person has kidney failure and is undergoing dialysis 3 times/wk.

My blood pressure is 130/55 is that good? My normal is 110/70. This isnt for me. This person has kidney failure and is undergoing dialysis 3 times/wk.

Heart disease ??: How is their heart? Have them see a heart doctor. Pulse pressure greater than 65 (130-55=75) may indicate heart disease.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/12962774/. ...Read more

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Husband on dialysis, has mild cirrhosis from Atn. What will happen if he drinks alcohol daily with kidney failure? abour pint a day.

Husband on dialysis, has mild cirrhosis from Atn. What will happen if he drinks alcohol daily with kidney failure? abour pint a day.

It is likely that: he will shorten his life through further damage to his liver as well as interfering with the metabolism of medications he is probably being given for his condition. ...Read more

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30 yr old pregnant woman had to abort baby, extreme bloodloss and kidney failure. Put on dialysis, no improvement. Very concerned. Please advice.

30 yr old pregnant woman had to abort baby, extreme bloodloss and kidney failure. Put on dialysis, no improvement. Very concerned. Please advice.

Acute renal failure: It sounds as if your friend had acute renal failure due to some complication of her pregnancy, possibly hypotension due to blood loss. I would suspect that she will not be a long term dialysis patient, as she has acute renal failure. The best people to ask are the people taking care of her to get a meaningful answer as to what her prognosis will be. ...Read more

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I am a 42 yr old male, will going on peritoneal dialysis because of kidney failure affect my sex drive?

Probably: Unfortunately people with kidney failure almost universally complain of decreased sex drive and problems with erections. This is not as much due to dialysis, but the renal failure itself. Be open and honest with your doctor so they can help you through this. If they cannot, see a urologist or family medicine specialists who is used to helping people with this. ...Read more

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My mother went into kidney failure. She has come out of it, and is off dialysis, but has lost her sense of taste and smell. Is there a way heal that?

Here are some...: Glad to hear your mom has come out of dialysis, but the kidney function likely still remains marginal. The care for such clinical situation should focus on kidney-damaging drugs, adequate hydration, quality lifestyle without overindulgence, and following medical advice from the medical team. As to curing the kidney damage, it's virtually impossible to conform: Life is a one-way street of ... ...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


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