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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Kidney Failure In The Elderly

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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


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What are some of the symptoms of kidney failure in elderly?

Nocturia or none: May not be any. If severe poor appetite, nausea, tiredness, shortness of breath, others. Check with your doctor if in doubt. ...Read more

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What usually causes acute kidney failure in the elderly?

What usually causes acute kidney failure in the elderly?

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

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How long will an elderly person live with kidney failure?

How long will an elderly person live with kidney failure?

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

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Is it necessary to be tested for kidney failure if elderly?

No: Unless severe kidney impairment is suspected, testing for kidney failure is not necessary. ...Read more

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How long can an elderly person survive with kidney failure?

How long can an elderly person survive with kidney failure?

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

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How long does it take for an elderly person to die of kidney failure?

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 best person to advise. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an elderly person to die from moderate kidney failure?

How long does it take for an elderly person to die from moderate kidney failure?

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

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If someone is not elderly but has kidney failure and doesn't have dialysis how long can they live?

If someone is not elderly but has kidney failure and doesn't have dialysis how long can they live?

Depends: Now a days 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

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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?

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

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Need help for my elderly mom about kidney disease. Can dehydration make tests abnormal?

Need help for my elderly mom about kidney disease. Can dehydration make tests abnormal?

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

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Tell me symptoms of kidney failure?

Usually no symptoms: There may not be any symptoms. There may be symptoms related to the cause. Sometimes there may be so called uremic symptoms- like metallic taste, poor appetite, tiredness, shortness of breath, itching and others. It also depends on if kidney failure developing gradually or acutely. Ask your doctor if in doubt. ...Read more

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What are early symptoms of kidney failure?

RENAL FAILURE: There are very few symptoms until the kidney reserve function has been depleted. Tiredness, sometimes excessive voiding, sometimes much less to not voiding at all, thirst, confusion comes in the end. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of kidney failure?

What are some of the symptoms of kidney failure?

Silent: Kidneys fail silently-- therefore routine screening is necessary! Subtle signs --- like increased fatigue, increased sleepiness, mild tremors, cognitive/memory impairment, headaches, flu like symptoms, body aches, leg cramps etc etc can all be indicative of renal failure! ...Read more

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Can you please describe the earlier symptoms of kidney failure?

Renal failure: First, i'd like to refer you to http://www.Livestrong.Com/article/89795-early-symptoms-chronic-renal-failure/. There you will find that in the early stages of renal failure people feel that they are ill and lack their normal energy. Their appetite decreases, they frequently have an upset stomach, and their skin itches alot, . ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of kidney failure due to stones?

What are the symptoms of kidney failure due to stones?

Pain: Most patients with kidney stones experienced a lot of pain. This pain is usually in their flank and radiating into the groin. Symptoms of kidney failure include swelling fatigue poor appetite and nausea. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of kidney failure in women?

What are the signs and symptoms of kidney failure in women?

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

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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Esrd (Definition)

End stage renal disease (ESRD) = final stage ...Read more