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Would you say my mom is in stage 5 of renal failure? She is 84 with dementia and dr say dialysis is not an option. How much time does she have?

Would you say my mom is in stage 5 of renal failure? She is 84 with dementia and dr say dialysis is not an option. How much time does she have?

Depends: If she was told that she has end stage renal disease, then she is in kidney failure. How functional the individual is is a better reflection on whether the person should recieve dialysis. In older adults, if there are no dangerous urgent symproms, then dialysis is delayed until absolutely needed. If mom is having these symptoms and not to be dialyzed, she may have only a few weeks. ...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 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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Is there a connection between dementia and heart and renal failure?

Is there a connection between dementia and heart and renal failure?

Sort of: There is more of a connection between delirium and those scenarios, but the same things that cause renal and heart failure also cause brain 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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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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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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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. Maureen Nash
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Dementia (Definition)

Dementia is a brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. The most common form of dementia among older people is Alzheimer’s disease(AD), which initially involves the parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language. Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia are some ...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