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Is kidney failure a painful death if left untreated?

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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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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Is kidney failure a common complication of kidney stones ?

Is kidney failure a common complication of kidney stones ?

Kidney disease: Most kidney disease/kidney failure comes from longstanding, poorly controlled high blood pressure and/or diabetes. Nowaadays, it is rare for kidney stones by themselves to cause kidney failure unless they are left in a blocking location for a long period of time. ...Read more

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Is Kidney shrinkage kidney failure?

Not necessarily: The shrinking of the kidney can lead to decreased kidney function (kidney failure) but there are two kidneys and if one decreased function the other kidney will step up to the task. It needs to be clear why one kidney shrank. This is a guide to the diagnosis and the therapy. Some illness actually cause both kidney to shrink. Your function will help clarify your diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is stage1 kidney failure?

What is stage1 kidney failure?

Kidney failure?: Stage 1 chronic kidney disease (not failure), is the stage f chronic kidney disease (ckd) for patients who have a glomerular filtration rate (GFR) > 90 ml/min. Those patients have no significant kidney disease and are no where close to kidney failure. ...Read more

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How common is kidney failure with sepsis?

How common is kidney failure with sepsis?

Common: Usually is related to decrease of BP associated with sepsis. However, it sometimes occurs without significant drop of BP in the context of sepsis. Usually is reversible unless sepsis is protracted where chances of recovery of renal failure start dwindling. ...Read more

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Is kidney failure permanent?

Is kidney failure permanent?

Not always: Chronic kidney failure is generally irreversible whereas acute renal failure can sometimes be adequately treated and reversed, e.g., hemolytic-uremic syndrome. ...Read more

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Is it possible for kidney stones to cause kidney failure?

Is it possible for kidney stones to cause kidney failure?

Yes, if ...: Generally, kidney function can be well preserved and let the stone formers live a "normal" life like the non-stone formers if the the stones are timely and properly managed. If not with superimposed recurrent kidney infection and enormous stone growth, the affected kidney will eventually suffer from permanent damage leading to kidney failure. So, ask Doc timely. ...Read more

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Is it ever that a kidney infection cause kidney failure?

Is it ever that a kidney infection cause kidney failure?

Renal failure: Yes, kidney infections can eventually lead to kidney failure. That is why it is best that when you suspect you have any kind of UTI (urinary tract infection), that it gets evaluated promptly and treated. ...Read more

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How serious is renal failure?

How serious is renal failure?

It depends: Usually it depends on the reason , the severity and person health. While renal failure due to dehydration and obstruction ( stones, prostate in a man)is reversible most of the the time , renal failure due to intrinsic kidney problems is sometimes hard to treat. ...Read more

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What is acute renal failure?

What is acute renal failure?

Acute renal failure: This is when your kidneys abruptly stop working or greatly slow down in their ability to clean the blood of things that you body does not need..Many substances normally removed by the kidney are potentially harmful if they build up in your blood. Examples of this are too much acid, potentially harmful byproducts of drugs you are taking, and the end products of protein metabolism. ...Read more

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What is chronic renal failure?

What is chronic renal failure?

Lab testing: A creatinine clearance number of less the 10 generally determines renal failure. This number is calculated by your age, weight and sex. Not all people with ckd need dialysis right away. This is determined by symptoms associated with renal failuire like high potassium, volume overload(edema and difficulty breathing), itching, poor appetite, other "uremic" symptoms. ...Read more

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How is kidney failure usually treated?

How is kidney failure usually treated?

Dialysis or transpla: If you mean complete shutdown of the kidney, then it would mean dialysis either through blood ie hemodialysis or through the stomach called peritoneal dialysis. If the loss of kidney function was gradual, your doctor could send you to get listed for a kidney transplant if your function is less than 20% or you could have a relative or friend donate a kidney. ...Read more

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Is anemia usually linked to kidney failure?

Yes: Anemia is one of common findings associated with renal failure. The lack of erythropoietin (red cell production enhancing hormone from kidney) is among the causes. ...Read more

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Kidney stone - what will happen if kidney stone left unremoved.Aside from pain would it cause kidney failure or other complications.?

Kidney stone - what will happen if kidney stone left unremoved.Aside from pain would it cause kidney failure or other complications.?

Kidney stone: It depends on where the stone is. If it ends up blocking the tube that leads out of the kidney or from the bladder, it can cause further pain and can lead to kidney disease (from obstruction). Some stones can cause scaring in the kidneys. Often stones will pass on their own with enough hydration if they are small enough. If not, they may need to be removed or broken up. ...Read more

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Is the whole kidney affected by chronic kidney failure?

Is the whole kidney affected by chronic kidney failure?

Yes: Chronic kidney disease eventually involves the whole kidney. Disorders may start out in one location, but over time the kidney's adaptive processes lead to damage of all glomeruli and tubules. ...Read more

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With brittle bone disease and kidney failure, is this fatal?

With brittle bone disease and kidney failure, is this fatal?

Not necessarily,: If kidney failure means on dialysis it is worse than if not on dialysis. At any rate need to control your phosphate levels and take your meds as prescribed to control you bone disease so no hip fracture will occur which will increase mortality. Control phosphate by no dairy products and control bean/ legume intake. Also, no cola including dr. Pepper, but root beer is okay. ...Read more

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How often is kidney stone pain?

Depends on site: If the stone is in the ureter (kidney to bladder tube), there is something call "peristalsis", which helps move things along. That would mean a periodicity to the pain: every few minutes. However, if the stone is in the kidney, and blocking the exit, it may be a constant pain; if it is in the urethra (exiting), it may be excrutiating and constant! ...Read more

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What usually causes acute tubular necrosis when considering acute kidney failure?

What usually causes acute tubular necrosis when considering acute kidney failure?

Ask your doctor: You should be seeing a specialist called a nephrologist. They will explain it to you. ...Read more

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Why does liver failure sometimes cause kidney failure?

Why does liver failure sometimes cause kidney failure?

Liver and Kidney: Its a great question and complicated. The syndrome is called hepatorenal syndrome which is often because the amount of blood flow to the kidney is lessened which causes kidney injury- is a simple explanation. It also may be related to the reasons that liver failure ensued: for example hepatitis, drug overdose, toxins etc. Great question! ...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


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Esrd (Definition)

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