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What is the average life expectancy for someone in end-stage renal failure on dialysis?

What is the average life expectancy for someone in end-stage renal failure on dialysis?

Depends upon health: Very variable. Current medical literature quotes 22% annual mortality rate which suggests 5 year survival rate. However, younger and otherwise healthy subjects can live 10 -20 years on dialysis. Kidney transplantation has a much better prognosis if and when there is choice. Some subjects only need tdialysis on temporary basis on temporary and recover kidney function. Others are 2 sick for transpl. ...Read more

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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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My wife has end stage renal failure.She is undergoing pd now.Transplant looks like not possible in time soon.What is her life expectancy on dialysis?

Dialysis: Patients can have hd or pd for long time until they get transplant. As far as they don't get infection and get regular dialysis they will be ok for several years ... ...Read more

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Gram is 71 diabetic, renal failure, dyalisis 3x week for past 7 years. Today her heart function is at 25% how long is the life expectancy, options?

Gram is 71 diabetic, renal failure, dyalisis 3x week for past 7 years. Today her heart function is at 25% how long is the life expectancy, options?

No easy answer: She has a number of considerable medical problems, but noone can predict life expectancy with any certainty. Emphasis should be on quality of life. "tight" blood sugar control is not indicated because of the risk of hypoglycemia and because she already has complications. Take care of her eyes so she can enjoy her family. Work with her cardiologist to maximize heart function. ...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 would be the life expectancy for younger patients with stage IV renal failure?

What would be the life expectancy for younger patients with stage IV renal failure?

Stage 4 RF: Stage 4 patients have GFR between 15 & 30. I approach this from the standpoint of preserving what kidney function you have, not life expectancy. Ways to do that - watch your diet and avoid foods that have lots of potassium and salt; limit protein intake; watch your weight; take all medicines prescribed; see your doctor regularly. Look here : http://www.Kidneyfailureweb.Com/prognosis/221.Html. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a person in renal failure?

What is the life expectancy of a person in renal failure?

Weeks: Once kidney function falls below 10% of normal, most patients will develop uremia. This includes progressive weakness and confusion progressing to coma and death, unless some form of kidney replacement therapy is instituted. ...Read more

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What would the life expectancy of someone with end stage renal failure be?

What would the life expectancy of someone with end stage renal failure be?

Other factors too!: A lot of other things help explain this. If the person has multiple other medical problems life expectancy could be very short. From my experience most people with end-stage kidney disease have a matter of years on average. Anyone with end-stage disease of any kind should be actively preparing for the end-of-life, creating advanced directives and completing their bucket lists! ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of an old woman with renal failure, end stage dementia, incontinent?

What is the life expectancy of an old woman with renal failure, end stage dementia, incontinent?

Difficult to say: Signs that someone is nearing the end of life include weight loss, decreased speech (fewer than 6 words per day), need for medical interventions like IV fluids, frequent infections, not walking any longer and decreased interactivity with others. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy with a cardiac transplant patient in renal failure?

What is the life expectancy with a cardiac transplant patient in renal failure?

Cardiac transplant: Transplant survival rates have been improving over the past several years as better options exist in preventing rejection (better than 60% live 10 or more years). Diffuse post-transplant coronary arteriopathy tends to or relate more with late post-transplant events. Coexistant renal failure would also be a negative predictor on survival irrespective of transplant status (mortality 50% at 2 yrs). ...Read more

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How can a person with total renal failure, who is on dialysis, pass small amounts of urine?

Residual kidney: Yes it is called the residual kidney function, meaning that kidneys ahem still making producing some urine. On hemodialysis this function is lost rapidly however on peritoneal dialysis one may maintain that function for a long time. ...Read more

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My son who is 17 has renal failure, he has dialysis three times a week for three hours. What hope is there for him?

My son who is 17 has renal failure, he has dialysis three times a week for three hours. What hope is there for him?

17 year old on HD: I am sorry to hear about your son's misfortune. He can look forward to a renal transplant from either a family member or from a deceased donor. Speak to your son's nephrologist about a renal transplant program near you and get more information on what you can do. Good luck. ...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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My 6yrs old nephew has renal failure, stage 5. If he undergos dialysis, what is the percentage of survival?

My 6yrs old nephew has renal failure, stage 5. If he undergos dialysis, what is the percentage of survival?

A lot of signs: Usually nausea, vomiting , weight loss , shortness of breath , trembling of hands, palor and mood disorders, problem sleeping are mostly the signs and symptoms of impending renal failure. ...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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I have chronic renal failure and am on dialysis. Could I still be able to adopt a child?

I have chronic renal failure and am on dialysis.  Could I still be able to adopt a child?

See below: I dont see why not? Dont know your age, but you may want to ask your doctor about home dialysis therapies and kidney transplant these would enable to have a better medical outcome and lifestyle and energy. Many things depend on your other medical problems. ...Read more

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Approx how much time does a 90 y o have have left with stage 4 renal failure refuses dialysis in future?

Approx how much time does a 90 y o have have left with stage 4 renal failure refuses dialysis in future?

No crystal ball: A pulitzer prize winning author, art buchwald started a new phase of his career when he declined dialysis, entered a hospice and outlived their guidelines of 6 months survival. It is not really known. Keep things stable, control the bp, take the meds and maybe the patient will outlive us all. ...Read more

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I have progressive derranged renal failure. If medicine can't control it. How soon would dialysis or transplant be needed. Months or years?

Renal failure: You need to see a nephrologist (n) for an evaluation. The n will order a 24 hour urine for creatinine clearance and protein. Blood work will be taken when you return the urine. With the results of the tests, the n can tell you what stage of chronic kidney disease you have and if it can be treated. You also need a renal ultrasound to see how your kidneys look. Ask your doctor for a referral to a n. ...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

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