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What can be done for my 88 year old grandmother who has stopped eating and has renal failure and congentital heart defect?

What can be done for my 88 year old grandmother who has stopped eating and has renal failure and congentital heart defect?

What can be done: It sounds like your grandmother has made the decision for you. She has had a long life and she has some serious health issues. The best thing I can tell you is to have a talk with your grandmother and ask her what she wants to do. It may be that she has had enough of treatments and hospitals, so you can enroll her in hospice, spend some time with her, allow her to be with her family. ...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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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 factors affect renal failure?

What factors affect renal failure?

Renal failure: High blood pressure and prolonged uncontrolled diabetes and recurrent urine infection are BIG factors escalating renal disease to progress towards failure ...Read more

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End stage renal failure, what to do?

End stage renal failure, what to do?

ESRD options: Patients with esrd have 4 options. One is hemodialysis (h), either at a dialysis center, doing regular or nocturnal h, or doing h at home. The second is, peritoneal dialysis. Esrd patients can receive a transplant for either a living related or a cadaveric donor. The 4th option is one that very few patients consider, and that is not starting dialysis at all leading to a fatal outcome. ...Read more

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What are the causes of renal failure?

What are the causes of renal failure?

Multiple causes: I concur with dr. Griffiths' answer in general. However, one of very common and important cause should be added, namely poorly controlled diabetes. Among the kidney diseases, minimal change lesion is very unlikely to lead to renal failure. ...Read more

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What is the management of renal failure?

What is the management of renal failure?

Dialysis: Early on it can be managed with dietary changes. Later on dialysis is needed to remove the impurities from the blood. The kidney transplant is the permanent treatment. ...Read more

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How long can you live with renal failure?

How long can you live with renal failure?

Weeks to many years: Complex question. Relates to what is causing it, at what stage it is diagnosed, the quality and consistency of care one receives (as with any chronic illness), the quality of the renal program if one needs dialysis, or renal transplant, whether complications from all the medications needed occur, whether transplant is rejected, whether donor kidney available when needed etc etc etc. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can renal failure be cured entirely?

Renal failure treatm: Renal failure is irreversible, can be controlled unlikely to be cured, options would be renal dialysis, in end stage failure transplant, requiring anti rejection meds, even trap landed kidneys can fail ...Read more

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I was wondering what are signs of renal failure?

Renal failure signs: Signs of renal failure (rf) are high potassium, bun, phosphate intact parathyroid hormone and creatinine levels. Others are, a low hemoglobin, blood carbon dioxide, acidosis, and calcium levels. Symptoms of rf are anorexia, nausea, vomiting, easy bleeding, and reversal of day-night sleeping patterns. ...Read more

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What foods can you safely eat with renal failure?

What foods can you safely eat with renal failure?

Diet in CRF: Great question. There are many and I would ask that you go to either http://www. Davita. Com/kidney-disease/diet-and-nutrition/lifestyle/top-15-healthy-foods-for-people-with-kidney-disease/e/5347 or https://www. Kidney. Org/nutrition. I would recommend you talk to your doctor about all of this. There are foods that you should avoid and these resources will tell you what they are. ...Read more

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My grandma had renal failure. Am I at risk for it?

My grandma had renal failure. Am I at risk for it?

Not likely: Unless she had a familial disease predisposing her to renal failure. If she had polycystic renal disease, diabetes, amyloidosis, sickle cell anaemia etc you could be at risk. How ever if it was the result of an acute illness it is very unlikely. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are signs of renal failure?

Could you tell me what are signs of renal failure?

Depends, acute or no: Give more details and in what context is the q arising, usually, renal failure has no signs other than high BP except until very late when other signs such as swelling of legs or less urine output can develop in terminal stages of renal failure! ...Read more

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What are the routine workouts to detect renal failure?

Blood chem, urine: Blood chemistry, complete blood count, urine analysis, urine protein- these are usually the first screening tests. Based on the results, other tests will be ordered. ...Read more

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What is the difference between renal failure and insufficiency?

Not used: Nephrologist don't use these term because they confuse patients. Kidney disease is classified based on stages from 1 to 6. ...Read more

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What are the common diseases which may give rise to renal failure?

What are the common diseases which may give rise to renal failure?

Diabetes, HTN: Uncontrolled diabetes is by and far the number one reason why someone develops renal failure. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is the second leading cause. There are other common disease like lupus and renal stones that can also cause renal failure as well. ...Read more

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What are the signs of someone who has renal failure be close to die?

What are the signs of someone who has renal failure be close to die?

Oh dear.....: Renal failure is a complicated topic, as the kidneys impact so many aspects of our body's health. I don't know from your question if you are asking about someone else - like maybe a parent, or if you are asking about yourself. Also, is the individual on dialysis? Heart failure is extremely common in people with kidney shutdown. Please talk to the nephrologist involved to get specific answers. ...Read more

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When should I expect my family's history of renal failure to actually affect me?

When should I expect my family's history of renal failure to actually affect me?

Varies widely.: It strongly depends on the cause of renal failure in your family. Genetic disorders such as polycystic kidney, vhl, iga, apol1 & tuberous sclerosis can cause problems at a young age and should be evaluated and followed early. Failure caused by high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, & diabetes occurs in middle age & beyond, requiring diet, exercise & BP control. Its good to be proactive. ...Read more

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If one is to die from renal failure, is the death from that relatively painless or painful compared to other ways to go? Thank you.

If one is to die from renal failure, is the death from that relatively painless or painful compared to other ways to go? Thank you.

Should be painless: Death by renal failure should be a smooth, painless death. One has to be sure his doctor and the nurses are courageous enough to use adequate doses of medications to prevent pain and distress during dying. The hospice can help. A website with a more complete description is: http://dying. About. Com/od/thedyingprocess/f/dying_of_kidney_failure. Htm. ...Read more

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What causes itching in renal failure?

What causes itching in renal failure?

Increase urea levels: The kidneys are the cleansing organs through which all the blood flows in and dangerous by products of the body are filtered and removed through the urine. Everything the body needs is returned to the blood from the kidneys. As the kidneys fail, a protein breakdown product called urea builds up, and when high enough builds up in the skin causing itching. Transplant and/or dialysis may follow. ...Read more

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What causes renal failure at 60 in obese person?

Renal Failure: There are many causes of renal disease in people. High blood pressure and diabetes are the most common causes although obesity can be linked to focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. Medications can also cause renal failure (nsaids like ibuprofen/advil and several other meds). It is best evaluated by a nephrologist. ...Read more

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Why are renal failure patients anemic?

Why are renal failure patients anemic?

Reducerythropoietin: In significant chronic renal failure the hormone erythropoietin is produced in lower amounts. If the anemia is severe and there is no other type of anemia (usually less that 11) and if pt is symptomatic this substance can be given in form of injection (procrit (epoetin alfa) and others). ...Read more

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Can herpes cause renal failure?

Can herpes cause renal failure?

Have not seen that: I have not seen herpes cause renal failure, but sometimes strange things can happen to an unlucky person with any disease. The medications to treat herpes, such as Acyclovir and valtrex, (valacyclovir) can cause renal failure if a patient already has decreased renal function, is taking large doses of the anti-virals, or is taking other medications (that also affect the kidneys) at the same time. ...Read more

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Renal failure common with diabetes?

Yes: Diabetes is the most common cause of permanent kidney failure in most of the world. 40-50% of patients with diabetes will be affected by this complication.
Diabetes also increases the risk of acute kidney injury, particularly following x-rays using intravenous contrast. ...Read more

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Can renal failure present with polyurea?

Urine Volume: Your question is can someone who is on dialysis have lots of urine still (polyuria). The clearance of toxins and water functions of the kidney are different. One can require dialysis because of the lack of toxin clearance, but still clear water and appear to be voiding normally. Patients on dialysis eventually lose the ability to clear water as well. ...Read more

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How does dehydration affect renal failure?

Can cause it: Severe dehydration can cause +/or worsen kidney failure. Your kidneys are sensitive to the amount of fluid circulating in your body. They are primarily responsible for excreting the extra amount into your urine. Too little fluid going into the kidneys because you are dehydrated keeps them from working well. However, if they have already failed, + you don't make urine, there won't be an effect. ...Read more

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If untreated can herpes cause renal failure?

If untreated can herpes cause renal failure?

Doubt it: Herpes can do some odd things, but I've not encountered renal failure from it. People w/genital herpes may choose not to treat it, either because they don't have symptoms or because their symptoms are so mild. For most of the 50 million americans with genital herpes, the infection is an annoyance, and can be emotionally or socially bothersome, but is rarely a serious infection. ...Read more

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Do high creatinine levels mean renal failure?

High creatinine: Serum c is dependent on the person's weight, race and age. You need to have a 24 hour urine collection for a creatinine (c) clearance determination to know what your renal function is. When the urine is returned, blood is taken for a c level. That is the sure way to know how serious your creatinine level is and what your true renal function is. ...Read more