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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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Can someone tell me how long will one live with stage 4 kidney failure?

Can someone tell me how long will one live with stage 4 kidney failure?

ESRD: The exact life expectancy for kidney patients that are at stage 4 is affected by many factors such age, gender, underlying cause, treatment, diets and life habits as well as other complications like heart problems. Go here to read more: http://www. Kidney-cares. Org/stage-ckd-4-prognosis/1132.Html.

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How long can one live with stage 4 kidney failure, without dialysis?

How long can one live with stage 4 kidney failure, without dialysis?

Stage 4 CKD, HD: At ckd stage 4, one does not need dialysis. The time before a patient starts on dialysis depends on what the causes for the ckd, how well it is being controlled, e.g. Diabetes or hbp and the age of the patient. The nephrologist (n) treating this patient is in a much better position to answer your question. What does the patient's n say about the start of renal replacement therapy?

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What would the life expectancy of a person who is stage 4 kidney failure be?

What would the life expectancy of a person who is stage 4 kidney failure be?

Life expentancy: A person with class 4 chronic kdiney disease does not have renal failure and does not yet need to start dialysis. The person's life expectancy depends on his age and what the underlying cause of his ckd is. People with ckd are have more morbidty and more mortality than age-matched patients without it. Have the person ask his nephrologist for a more accurate answer to your question.

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What is the life expectancy for a patient with stage 4 kidney failure?

What is the life expectancy for a patient with stage 4 kidney failure?

Depends: Life expectancy will depend on overall health and other medical issues. Patients with stage 4kidney disease are at a 6-8 fold increased risk of cardiovascular events compared to age matched controls. Cardiovascular risk reduction is key to prolonging. Good bp, diabetes control are important. Exercise and avoidance of obesity will help. Some patients live more than 20 years if the are healthy.

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My mum has just been diagnosed stage 4 kidney failure she also has been told she can't have transplant as has heart failure how long can u live dialys?

My mum has just been diagnosed stage 4 kidney failure she also has been told she can't have transplant as has heart failure how long can u live dialys?

Depends on heart: It depend on general health and associated health conditions especially heart disease. Heart failure by itself doesn't prevent someone from getting kidney transplant. I guess she was evaluated in a transplant center and being followed by a cardiologist.

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76 yrs, female, stage 4 CKD, PTH 285, normal calcium, phospatase levels. Is this close to kidney failure? What to do?

76 yrs, female, stage 4 CKD, PTH 285, normal calcium, phospatase levels. Is this close to kidney failure? What to do?

Getting close: Stage 4 CKD is considered severe kidney disease with stage 5 considered end stage and requiring dialysis. The best thing to do is to see a nephrologist regularly and take medications they prescribe regularly. You should also avoid NSAIDs like motrin and aleve (naproxen). It would be good also to avoid salt and drink no alcohol.

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I'm adopted. Just discovered my Maternal Grandma died from acute kidney failure. My Mother is Stage 4 Kidney disease. What should I watch out for?

I'm adopted. Just discovered my Maternal Grandma died from acute kidney failure. My Mother is Stage 4 Kidney disease. What should I watch out for?

Annual blood tests: Unfortunately chronic kidney diseases do not generally cause symptoms unless they are pretty advanced. Assessment of kidney function is achieved by routine blood and urine test (that's how they are generally and accidentally found). Ask your doctor if you have not done it already to check your urinalysis and basic metabolic panel and if they are normal, no worries!

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Billy has stage 4 liver disease on dialysis for kidney failure acites so bad he's in bad pain. Why won't his doc give him pain pills?

Billy has stage 4 liver disease on dialysis for kidney failure acites so bad he's in bad pain. Why won't his doc give him pain pills?

Pain pills: If the doctor won't give Billy pain pills why aren't liquid meds prescribed? Please don't be shy about asking, and I would appreciate hearing from you about this.

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I just found out my father has stage 4 chronic kidney disease. Can you please tell me what that means and how I can help my father?

I just found out my father has stage 4 chronic kidney disease. Can you please tell me what that means and how I can help my father?

Renal failure: Stage 4 kidney disease means that there is not enough kidney function for normal health and patient needs dialysis or kidney transplant. See the site below for details. Your father will appreciate your support. Http://www. Kidney. Org/patients/peers/stage4.cfm.

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What is stage 4 kidney disease usually?

What is stage 4 kidney disease usually?

See below: A person with stage 4 chronic kidney disease (ckd) has advanced kidney damage with a severe decrease in the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) to 15-30 ml/min. It is likely someone with stage 4 ckd will need dialysis or a kidney transplant in the near future.

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What to do to help kidney disease stage 4 get better?

See below: Usuually chronic kidney disease does not improove to prevent it getting worse, treat underlying cause, BP control and cholesterol control are basic also prevent further harm by avoiding medications eg ibuprofen, aleve (naproxen) etc and also intravenous contrast iodinated dyes used for ct scans angiogram, unless absolutely necessary.

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What happens if you got stage 4 kidney disease how serious is that?

CKD stage 4: Stage 4 chronic kidney disease means that the person's glomerular filtration rate is between 15-29 ml/min. This indicates the person has severely compromised kidney function and the person does not have to start some sort of renal replacement therapy. Have the person see a nephrologist to treat any anemia or problems with high parathyroid hormone levels. Good luck.

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How can I help someone with stage 4 kidney disease with their diet?

How can I help someone with stage 4 kidney disease with their diet?

40grams protein diet: And low phosphrus diet (no cola, chocolate, hard beans, and dairy) also, low salt diet at 2000 mg sodium or less/ 24hrs and control calories per instructions if diabetes is present. Of course this patient sees a nephrologist and you can get more details from him or her or a dietitian.

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I have stage 4 kidney disease. What can be done if anything? Is it bad to have stage 4?

Need to find cause: Staging is meant for chronic kidney disease, means that the kidney functions have been stable for 3 months during which time there are no ongoing acute medical problems. It is based on GFR calculation which is an estimate of kidney function. I certainly suggest to see a nephrologist who will do necessary work up to find the cause, stage appropriately, and improve whenever possible.

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Can stage 4 kidney disease be cured? If levels are stable, how can I tell if getting worse. What symptoms should I look for?

Kidney Disease Cure: You should ask the doctor who told you that you had stage 4 kidney disease to refer you to a nephrologist and to tell you what caused it. It can be caused by diabetes, high bp, medicines, obstruction and diseases of the kidney. See a nephrologist for other tests and be followed by him. Symptoms of kidney failure may include weakness, nausea, itching, a bitter taste in your mouth among others.

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Life expectancy for stage 4 kidney disease?

Life expectancy for stage 4 kidney disease?

Stage 4 kidney dz: Stage 4 chronic kidney disease (kidney function of 15-30%) occurs for many reasons. People with stable stage 4 disease can live fairly normal lives. However, if the kidney disease is progressing rapidly, it can be associated with more complications (anemia, bone disease, end stage renal disease with dialysis). It is important to follow closely with a nephrologist.

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What is the life expectancy for someone with stage 4 kidney disease?

What is the life expectancy for someone with stage 4 kidney disease?

Possibly many years: Life expectancy depends on the rate of progression (many factors including medical and lifestyle interventions that might slow down the progression) and decisions on whether to pursue renal replacement therapy once reaches end-stage (that decision may depend on overall health, functional status, ability to tolerate various interventions, etc). Overall shorter than the average public lifespans.

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Which disease is deadlier: chronic bronchitis or kidney disease (stage 4)?

Which disease is deadlier: chronic bronchitis or kidney disease (stage 4)?

Kidney ds/more info: It is difficult to determine from the information provided. Stage 4 kidney disease is severe but most forms of chronic bronchitis can be managed.

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I have chronic kidney disease. Stage 4. I wanted to know if juicing is helpful in my situation?

I have chronic kidney disease. Stage 4. I wanted to know if juicing is helpful in my situation?

No: It could be dangerous. If you have issues with excess potassium you may be placing yourself in harms way by juicing since many fruits and vegetables are already high in potassium. You should concentrate on a low sodium diet. About obesity and tobacco. Keep blood pressure under control. Exercise on a regular basis. Limit phosphorus intake. Following up regularly with your nephrologist.

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