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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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Congestive heart failure, kidney failure and staph?

Congestive heart failure, kidney failure and staph?

CHF, kidney, staph: Patients with a staph infection can have an endocarditis, which affects the heart valves. Once it is on a valve, septic emboli can be sent to other places, the brain, retina, bone or kidney. Those emboli to the kidney can cause renal failure. A damaged heart valve can also cause chf. I would imagine the person you are talking about is in the hospital, perhaps you should speak to her doctor. ...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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What's an alternative remedy for a patient with kidney failure aside from dialysis and kidney transplant?

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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How long can you live with liver failure and kidney failure and heart failure?

How long can you live with liver failure and kidney failure and heart failure?

Multiorgan failure: The more organs one has failing the worse condition the body is experiencing. With three major and crucial systems failing one can not expect long survival. ...Read more

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Copd + renal failure not a candidate for dialysis?

Copd + renal failure not a candidate for dialysis?

Depends...: It depends on the severity of the copd. If the patient is on COPD medications and has relatively mild symptoms and/or is well-controlled, then dialysis can be given. It will likely need to be hemodialysis as a pulmonary patient is not likely to tolerate peritoneal dialysis. For an individual case, a kidney specialist will determine if the patient will tolerate dialysis treatment. ...Read more

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Prognosis for total kidney and liver failure dyalisis not an option, what type of life expectancy?

Prognosis for total kidney and liver failure dyalisis not an option, what type of life expectancy?

Very poor: Unfortunately very poor however depends on what is meant my "total" failure. If complete kidney failure means not making any urine, then prognosis is typically days, up to 1-2 weeks w/o dialysis. If complete liver failure (your doctor would use prognostic tools such as meld and childs-pugh) and would consider lab values and signs/symptoms of liver failure and typically could be weeks to months. ...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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How effective is dialysis for treating acute renal failure?

How effective is dialysis for treating acute renal failure?

Treating ARF: When used correctly and the underlying reason is also treated correctly, you cannot beat the combination of medical management of ARF along with prudent dialysis. ...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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Subsequent to heart surgery patients suffers acute renal failure, dialysis done breifly then low b.P occurs now dialys?

Depends : Very low blood pressure sometimes hurts kidney function. The need for dialysis in the acute hospital setting is determined by complications of poor kidney function. Your physician can help explain this in the context of the specific patient. ...Read more

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How many people with diabetic kidney disease develop total kidney failure?

Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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How many people with diabetic kidney disease develop total kidney failure?

20-40%: About 40% of type 1 diabetes patients with kidney disease will develop kidney failure within 20 years without strict blood pressure and glucose control. About 20% of type 2 diabetes patients with kidney disease will develop kidney failure within 20 years, but blood pressure control has seemed to be less effective in completely stopping progression in these patients. ...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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Protein needs, renal disease and ulcer, not on dialysis?

Protein needs, renal disease and ulcer, not on dialysis?

Complex: Skin ulcerations require adequate circulation and nutrition to heal. Protein restriction is not appropriate in this circumstance. ...Read more

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Can haemodialysis correct metabolic acidosis in renal failure patient?

Can haemodialysis correct metabolic acidosis in renal failure patient?

Renal Replacement Th: Dialysis is one of the treatments for metabolic acidosis. Depending on the cause as well as the other medical problems and type of the acidosis, correcting the inciting problem is the first step dialysis may or may not be needed. ...Read more

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Will pneumonia cause kidney and liver failure?

Will pneumonia cause kidney and liver failure?

It can: If it causes severe generalized infection (sepsis) and leads to multisystem organ failure from this. ...Read more

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Can diabetes cause renal failure and what are the symptoms of kidney failure?

Can diabetes cause renal failure and what are the symptoms of kidney failure?

Definitely: Diabetes is the number cause of renal fialure by far. So controlling your diabetes would mean avoiding renal failure. Individuals with chronic renal failure tend to have no generalized symptoms. However as the renal failure progresses, a person can feel sluggish, fatigue, nause, vomiting and lose of appetite. ...Read more

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Is jaundice in renal failure patients and indication of liver failure as well?

Is jaundice in renal failure patients and indication of liver failure as well?

Many causes: Many potential causes of jaundice but not renal failure alone and haudice does not equate to liver failure causes and be meds, viral, infection, gallstones , etc extensive lab and ultrasound or cat scan would be needed to determine cause. ...Read more

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Treatment of copd with renal insufficienccy?

Treatment of copd with renal insufficienccy?

Nothing specific: There should t be any specific treatment alterations for COPD with renal insufficiency unless you take antibiotics - they may need to be dosed based on your kidney function ...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


Dr. Tarek Naguib
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Kidney Failure (Definition)

A condition in which the kidneys lose the ability to remove ...Read more