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How To Improve Kidney Function To Avoid Dialysis
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
Probably can: Your nephrologist is the best person to guide you. If you are well and do not have any serious symptoms, you can be managed medically which will include low protein diet and good management of your bp(keeping it as low as it is safe. What is your blood creatinine level like? ...Read more
GFR 10: This differs for everyone but in a relatively narrow range. Some patients with cardiac disease benefit from dialysis at higher GFR (low creatinine), african americans seem to tolerate higher creatinine without symptoms. In general convert the creatinine to egfr (online calculator) and expect dialysis at egfr less than 15 ml/min. ...Read more
Yes: That would be the reason to get on dialysis as the kidneys are not clearing out the toxins, so the dialysis machine does that. 2 types of dialysis-PD&HD. Older people-above 70, tend get really wiped out after HD treatments which are 3 times a week. Survival time also depends on underlying other disease states and current functional status. ...Read more
Here are some ...: A patient on long-term dialysis can survive without any available renal function, i.e., even without kidneys although zero-functioning kidneys may still contribute their effects on red blood cell production and others. And some patients may recover to the state of not needing dialysis anymore if dialysis is given for some acute correctable conditions such as drug-/trauma-related renal failure. ...Read more
Stating dialysis: It seems as if you may be quite near the initiation of dialysis. Most diabetics start dialysis when they have less than 15% of their kidney function, non-diabetics start when their's is less <10%. You need to see a nephrologist and cardiologist to see if your renal and heart function can be improved to get rid of some of your edema. Ask your doctors for more information on your particular case. ...Read more
For what length of time can my dad live with 10% kidney function when he refuses dialysis and transplant?
Life expectancy: Tough question. A person can survive on 10% kidney function for a long time if managed aggressively with medical treatment. The caveat here is what caused the 90% loss of function? Under most circumstances, any fall below 10% creates a cascade effect that accelerates function loss to 0 and death and this can happen very quickly. I am being vague because i need more info to answer accurately. ...Read more
What is the % of kidney function in 6 week prem baby with a cr 407, urea 17.9, sodium 124? L 49cm weight 2.6kg? When would dialysis need to start ?
Probably now: These levels are high & in at uremic levels. Baby needs to be under a pediatric nephrologist and will noo doubt require peritoneal dialysis unless baby has bilateral obstructed hydronephrosis which can be drained by nephrostomy tube/s.Creatinine & urea in usa are expressed in mg% unlike uk & commonwealth countries who use si, cr of 407micrm/l = 407/88=4.6mg%, urea of 17.9= 19.9/0.36=50mg% ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Keep healthy: There is no way to improve the kidneys that you are born with, the best you can do it to avoid damaging them. And if they do get damaged to follow your doctors advice. ...Read more
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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