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Symptoms Of Kidney Failure In The 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 ›
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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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