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Dr. Jason cogdill. Thx for answering the q re: prerenal kidney failure. What timeline do you mean by "short-term" risk is death? Thx.

Dr. Jason cogdill. Thx for answering the q  re: prerenal kidney failure. What timeline do you mean by "short-term" risk is death? Thx.

For your question: The short term referred to 1week. That first week if the kidney had gone down to less then 5% of normal for a prolonged period of time death would have been a real risk. ...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


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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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Can you let me know how many worldewide deaths per year are caused by kidney failure?

Can you let me know how many worldewide deaths per year are caused by kidney failure?

Death Rates: I gfound your question intriguing. So, i went to the internet and found a really interesting website. I suggest you go there and explore: http://www.Worldlifeexpectancy.Com/cause-of-death/kidney-disease/by-country/. I certainly am! ...Read more

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My brother (51) is in the final stages of multiple myeloma and was told he will die of kidney failure. Blood tranfusions weekly. Timeline estimate?

My brother (51) is in the final stages of multiple myeloma and was told he will die of  kidney failure. Blood tranfusions weekly. Timeline estimate?

Get extra support: Agree with prior answer that difficult to say. If not already involved ask for a palliative medicine specialist to work with your hematology-oncology team. They might be able to provide additional prognostication opinions as they monitor his progress and also provide additional support for the time that he has. ...Read more

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How does death from a fatal dose of aspirin work? Would you die from liver or kidney failure?

How does death from a fatal dose of aspirin work?  Would you die from liver or kidney failure?

Respiratory failure: Too much Aspirin interferes with the last part of your aerobic metabolism of energy, cytochrome c. It uncouples this area and one has to resort to anaerobic metabolism. Severe metabolic acidosis will ensue, the respiratory system will try to compensate but will fail and combined acidosis ensues and lack of energy just will not sustain life. ...Read more

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My mother has congestive heart failure with kidney failure and fluid build up in her lungs. Been in hospital on & off for 3 months. Death soon?

My mother has congestive heart failure with kidney failure and fluid build up in her lungs.  Been in hospital on & off for 3 months. Death soon?

Depends,: The details that matter include how bad are kidneys eg stage 3, 4, 5? And how bad is heart ejection fraction ef, how low? 30, 20, 10? How responsive is she to water pills? Does she have other illnesses (comorbidities)? She sounds certainly very ill. Ask her doc about more information including above questions and the discussion will flow more naturally to better answer the question of longevity. ...Read more

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For what length of time can a person live with stage 5 kidney failure?

For what length of time can a person live with stage 5 kidney failure?

Many factors here!: Chronic kidney disease stage 5 - also called end stage renal failure - must be treated, or a person will die within a week or two. Treatments include kidney transplant and dialysis. There are two basic forms of dialysis (hemodialysis or kidney machine, & peritoneal dialysis). Longevity depends on one's overall condition. Read the book, "help - i need dialysis!" by agar & schatell. ...Read more

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For what length of time can you live with stage five kidney failure?

For what length of time can you live with stage five kidney failure?

Ask the nephrologist: They will give you the lowdown. There is not a set number. It is dependent on many things including how good your heart, lungs, kidneys are and if you have high blood pressure and diabetes. Your nephrologist will know all this plus your current trends and perhaps can give you an idea. ...Read more

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For what length of time can a person survive with untreated kidney failure?

For what length of time can a person survive with untreated kidney failure?

My dad lived for: About 10 years but he restricted potassium and also had epo shots.. This helped a lot. You need to ask your nephrologist. My dad had one. ...Read more

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How much time can a person last with kidney failure and on morphine?

Depends.: Kidney failure ranges. Dialysis prolongs life of patients with renal failure. Morphine is not the best opiate for kidney failure patients. If you are looking for life expectancy prognosis, the big picture and many details are important to know. Hospice and palliative doctors are well trained in this field. ...Read more

Dr. Tarek Naguib
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Kidney Failure (Definition)

The kidneys do several tasks. Dialysis is necessary when one or more of the following occur, that can't be remedied or palliated with medications: 1. Insufficient clearance of daily toxins in food and metabolic waste 2. Insufficient clearance of excess water 3. Dangerous electrolyte imbalance, ...Read more


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Esrd (Definition)

End stage renal disease (ESRD, or sometimes called chronic kidney disease), describes any condition where there is a progressive ...Read more