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My dads 70 & has stage 3 kidney failure but refuses any treatment. How long can I expect him 2 live like this?

My dads 70 & has stage 3 kidney failure but refuses any treatment.  How long can I expect him 2 live like this?

Needs information.: Tell your dad we consider him relatively young. He might fear the idea of a dialysis machine. He needs an evaluation by a kidney specialist (nephrologist); dialysis, if it's ever needed, need not require a machine. A safer method, performed at home by the patient, has proven effective, freeing the patient from the need to go to a center. Have him see the doctor. ...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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My sister has diabetes and now she is in kidney failure. What are her treatment options?

My sister has diabetes and now she is in kidney failure. What are her treatment options?

Dialysis: Control of her blood pressure and blood sugar remain essential. Replacement for her kidney function should it be necessary, is through peritoneal dialysis or hemodialysis. Dialysis in general, is a process performed daily or every other day by which the blood is filtered. The choice of type of dialysis is very patient specific. ...Read more

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What's another treatment method for kidney failure?

What's another treatment method for kidney failure?

Renal failure: Already present requires proper diet, fluids, medications from nephrologist, if advanced dialysis, ; if young enough possible renal transplant. Specific instructions should be discussed with pcp. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for acute kidney failure?

What is the treatment for acute kidney failure?

Treating the cause: Causes are a wide array of possibilities. Based on the diagnosis the doctor will treat the cause. Also, the kidneys will sometimes need support with dialysis until the case recovers. Otherwise, the doctor will fill in for the kidneys in their relative absence from the job e.g. Adjusts electrolytes, hemoglobin, acidosis, blood pressure, edema until the kidneys return to duty and take over. ...Read more

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How long can you live after kidney failure if you receive no treatment?

How long can you live after kidney failure if you receive no treatment?

Hard to answer: A lot would depend if any residual kidney function exists, and the disease acuity. Dialysis is only one of the options available for kidney failure; but lately, a huge emphasis is being put on non-dialytic management of kidney failure. This is called maximal conservative care. Hence, you could still treat some complications of kidney failure medically, and possibly improve mortality. ...Read more

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For what length of time can you live after kidney failure if you recieve no treatment?

It depends on urine: If patient passes no urine at all, the longevity is very short (ie, days). If patient makes urine output, then it depends on 2 factors, the quality and quantity of urine output. The general range is few to several months. Your doctor is in better position to give you a better estimate. However, we only judge from previous precedents. Everyone's different. There is a higher power that decides death. ...Read more

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I've anemia, kidney failure (3), gout.. Is there way to treat anemia w/o upsetting the gout and kidney? Is the anemia life threatening w/o treatment?

I've anemia, kidney failure (3), gout.. Is there way to treat anemia w/o upsetting the gout and kidney? Is the anemia life threatening w/o treatment?

Potentially : Yes, anemia can potentially be life threatening if your blood count drops low enough. There are multiple reasons a person with renal failure can have anemia. Addressing it is usually a multi pronged approach. I would discuss directly with your doctor. ...Read more

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I am suffering with kidney failure and on capd. I am also suffering with HCV and i had 5 months interferon treatment, but no response of injections. Any other treatment?

I am suffering with kidney failure and on capd. I am also suffering with HCV and i had 5 months interferon treatment, but no response of injections. Any other treatment?

See below: Genotype 1 of hcv is very resistant to treatment. You cannot get Ribavirin as it cannot be used in dialysis patients. Assuming you got adequate dose of interferon and there is absolutely no response, there is no other treatment. If you had some response at least, then you may benefit from prolonged duration of treatment. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for chronic kidney failure?

DIALYSIS: Chronic kidney failure means that the kidney function is in the range of less than 10-15% depending on the patients general condition and presence of absence of diabetes. There is no actual treatment that makes the kidneys better. So dialysis needs to be initiated to assist in removing the waste that the failing kidneys could not remove. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Fred McCurdy
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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