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Tell me why patients with kidney failure eat and drink what they like only during the first few hours of dialysis?

Tell me why patients with kidney failure eat and drink what they like only during the first few hours of dialysis?

Nurses being nice: The total fluid removal target is programmed at the beginning of the dialysis run. Fluids consumed on dialysis are added to the total weight target. The removal target is doable from the onset of dialysis. If you drink 32 oz in the last hour, it is difficult to get this (and the preprogrammed amount) all off in the last hour. ...Read more

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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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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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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What is the life expectancy for a patient with stage 4 kidney failure?

What is the life expectancy for a patient with stage 4 kidney failure?

Depends: Life expectancy will depend on overall health and other medical issues. Patients with stage 4kidney disease are at a 6-8 fold increased risk of cardiovascular events compared to age matched controls. Cardiovascular risk reduction is key to prolonging. Good bp, diabetes control are important. Exercise and avoidance of obesity will help. Some patients live more than 20 years if the are healthy. ...Read more

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I am a stage 4 chronic kidney disease patient and my GFR is 10 but I don't feel sick and I am very active. Is there any chance that I don't need dialysis or transplant in future?

I am a stage 4 chronic kidney disease patient and my GFR is 10 but I don't feel sick and I am very active. Is there any chance that I don't need dialysis or transplant in future?

Unlikely: Kidney tends to be rather progressive after a given level. It is based upon the increased demand for the remaining kidney to continue to process the needs of a given amount of skeletal muscle. At age sixty, even if a small famle with a lower muscle mass than a similar sized male the amount of work needed to process would most likely wear out the kidney completely by average life expectancy. ...Read more

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56 yr old diabetic male w/ 4th degree kidney disease. What would the results of a transplant be, healing time, life expectancy after, dialysis after?

56 yr old diabetic male w/ 4th degree kidney disease. What would the results of a transplant be, healing time, life expectancy after, dialysis after?

CKD and transplant: Your question is difficult to answer. You will not have a transplant until you start dialysis, chronic kidney disease stage 6 (ckd), so you are not a candidate for one now. The results of a kidney transplant depend how well the kidney is a match and how well the anti-rejection drugs will work for you. The answers to your questions about life expectancy and dialysis are too speculative to answer. ...Read more

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If you have acute kidney failure do you need dialysis?

If you have acute kidney failure do you need dialysis?

Not necessarily: It depends on the cause and the degree of injury. A toxic drug that is ingested or an infection may injure the kidneys, but after it is removed or metabolized away the kidneys may recover. ...Read more

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My grandma has renal (kidney) failure and she has decided not to do dialysis. What will happen?

My grandma has renal (kidney) failure and she has decided not to do dialysis. What will happen?

Reanl failure: She will become more drowsy and disoriented. My grandfather made the same choice and he just simply went to sleep and passed away. My grandmother asked me the same question and after grandpa died she told me he was very peaceful and appeared comfortable. Thus, I have great empathy for your situation. Godspeed! ...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


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