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Signs Of Kidney Failure In Elderly
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
Hard to say: Based on statistics, sadly, about 25% of patients receiving kidney dialysis die each year. A person with kidney failure not receiving dialysis, likely will not survive longer than a few weeks. You should know that, when one dies from kidney failure, he or she usually experiences very little pain or discomfort. ...Read more
Kidney failure: It depends on how severe the kidney failure is. Many elderly people develop mild chronic kidney disease (or failure) and can live normal lives. Acute kidney failure can be more severe, but often is reversible. I have patients in their 90s with severe kidney disease and they are doing well. ...Read more
No symptoms: Usually no symptoms may be nocturia.Get a more detailed answer ›
Very variable: Untreated acute kidney failure can result in death within a few days. Many people, including elderly, with chronic kidney failure can live for many years. Patient's nephrologist is the best person to advise. ...Read more
See below: People do not die of moderate renal failure we like to determine what stage 1 to 5 your kidneyfunction is at. Important to know what GFR of your kidneys. When this rate is less than 10-15, [normally90] and untreated you develop what is called uremia [accumulation of waste in your blood] or if there are electrolyte abnormalities like high pottassium, this would cause the heart to slow down or stop. ...Read more
Months to years: Depending on co-conditions.Get a more detailed answer ›
Meds and Dehydration: Acute kidney failure occurs predominantly from newly prescribed medications like a diuretic (hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) or lasix) or from certain anti-hypertensive medications like an ace or arb (enalapril or cozaar). Also, akf occurs in the elderly if they do not get enough water intake especially in warm environments when they sweat a lot. ...Read more
If someone is not elderly but has kidney failure and doesn't have dialysis how long can they live?
Depends: Nowadays traditional hemodialysis or even if the blood pressure is low hemofilteration can take care of the kidney failure in an acute situation, and it will be the other problems which will determine the outcome. In the long term if permanent kidney failure is the outcome the best treatment option is a transplant with dialysis for the interim. ...Read more
This is only a general question. If an elderly pt has "kidney failure" & sepsis does the kidney failure generally make much of a difference to survivablity?
Kidney failure: Kidney failure complicates treatment of other serious illnesses. The extra metabolic demands created during serious illness can also make recovery more difficult in the face of organ failure. Experienced physicians should be able to manage this to some degree for the best possible outcome. ...Read more
Varies: Often would depend on the stage and interventions. ...Read more
Absolutely: Dehydration is a leading cause of abnormal lab work in an elderly patient. Dehydration can cause an elevation in a person's BUN and creatinine. These two lab values can determine if a person had renal failure. If the cause of the renal failure is truly dehydration, it can be easily corrected with drinking lot of water and re-testing. ...Read more
Could sudden cessation of daily dose milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) result in acute hypomagnesemia? In an elderly man with some history of kidney disease?
Fatigue swelling etc: Weakness, fatigue, lethargy. Fluid retention & swelling. Shortness of breath. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/kidney-failure/basics/symptoms/con-20024029 & http://www.medicinenet.com/kidney_failure/article.htm. Go see your family doc for testing and possible referral to a nephrologist (kidney specialist) when appropriate. Control blood pressure & sugar (diabetes). ...Read more
More often than not they are mild and easy to miss as just having a "flu" and being under the weather.
They include: fatigue, poor appetite, increasing need to sleep but not waking up refreshed, nausea in the morning, lack of libido, muscle cramping and ultimately swelling, shortness of breath and low urine output. ...Read more
Vague: Kidney failure is notorious for causing very vague nebulous symptoms sometimes like, fatigue, insomnia, nausea, decreased appetite, metallic taste in the mouth, etc. Unless someone looks at the blood test results, it might be hard to pin these non-specific symptoms on to kidney failure. I have a more comprehensive list on my blog at http://www.Kidneydoctorbradenton. Org/2013/04/what-are-signs-and-. ...Read more
What the symptoms or signs of kidney failure im a diabetic & has stop drinking I have liver failure I don't no what stage there has to be a sign?
Plenty: Decreased urine output may or may not be seen, change in urine color possible, fatigue, swelling, chest pain. Depends on the severity of kidney problems. Please see a more comprehensive list here: http://www.Kidneydoctorbradenton. Org/2013/04/what-are-signs-and-symptoms-of-ckd. Html. ...Read more
Decrease urination: There are multiple signs of acute renal failure (arf). The first sign that must people realize is a decrease in urine output as well as noticeable swelling in their lower extremities. ARF can also be detected by your doctor by blood and urine tests. If you have severe forms of arf, then you develop decrease in appetite, insomnia and anemia. ...Read more
No signs/symptoms: Check out http://www.davita.com/kidney-disease/overview/stages-of-kidney-disease/stage-1-of-chronic-kidney-disease/e/4745 & http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/kidney-disease/basics/definition/con-20026778 for more info. ...Read more
Same as in men: Weakness, fatigue, lethargy. Fluid retention & swelling. Shortness of breath. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/kidney-failure/basics/symptoms/con-20024029 & http://www.medicinenet.com/kidney_failure/article.htm. Go see your family doc for testing and possible referral to a nephrologist (kidney specialist) when appropriate. Control blood pressure & sugar (diabetes). ...Read more
Means Liver Failure: Jaundice refers to the body becoming yellow in appearance because too much pigment from old red blood cells is not handled normally by the liver +/or bile duct. So it means there is too much destruction of blood cells, or a problem with the liver/bile duct. Jaundice may be separate from or connected with the kidney failure. If they are linked, it usually does mean that disease is far advanced. ...Read more
Urine: Probably is sediment but have an urinalysis done. ...Read more
I'm diabetic and been a big drinker but i stoped what are the first signs or symptoms of kidney failure please?
The most common sign of kidney failure is fatigue. As it progresses uremia can develop which can cause confusion.
Generally, alcohol abuse causes liver damage before kidney damage. It can also affect the heart. Kidney damage can happen, but usually after cirrhosis of the liver progresses considerably. ...Read more
Few signs/many signs: Many people know they're moving towards renal failure by their lab values alone. But here are some symptoms which can be associated with kidney failure — and many other things as well: unusual fluid retention, mental changes, confusion, foods tasting metallic, nausea/vomiting, exhaustion, anemia, sexual dysfunction. Much depends on the speed of onset; acute and chronic renal failure aren't the same. ...Read more
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