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Can you travel overseas with stage 4 renal failure?

Can you travel overseas with stage 4 renal failure?

Travel: Yes, but you need to make plans starting with talking to your doctor(s) about your plans. There is much on the internet about traveling with renal disease. The most reliable source for information, in my opinion is the national kidney foundation (http://www.Kidney.Org/atoz/content/traveltip.Cfm). ...Read more

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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


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I am at stage 4 renal failure. How can I avoid going to stage 5 (end renal failure)? Thank you. Nancy

Stage 4 CKD: You have chronic kidney disease (ckd) and to avoid advancing toward dialysis, you need to treat the cause of your ckd effectively with the aid of a nephrologist (n). If you have hypertension (h), control it with medication. If you also have diabetes (d) with your h control your d and reduce any protein in your urine with medication. See a n to have your best chance of avoiding renal failure. ...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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Im now stage 4 renal failure...Gfr 25 and creatinine 2.19. My first nephrologist appt is thursday .....What are the chances he will put me in hospital?

Im now stage 4 renal failure...Gfr 25 and creatinine 2.19. My first nephrologist appt is thursday .....What are the chances he will put me in hospital?

Stage 4 ckd: It is not likely you will require hospitalization unless the kidney insufficiency is progressive rapidly. Otherwise, tests will be done to determine cause, like ultrasound and urine tests and other blood tests. ...Read more

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I am going in for a blockage on my right kidney I am stage 4 renal failure w/ coranary artery disease and am going in for a surgical procedure remove a 60% blockage on my right kidney and 2 large stones on my left how serious is this procedure

I am going in for a blockage on my right kidney I am stage 4 renal failure w/ coranary artery disease and am going in for a surgical procedure remove a 60% blockage on my right kidney and 2 large stones on my left how serious is this procedure

Very important: Most important is to understand that with stage 4 renal failure and coronary artery disease you are fairly likely to develop kidney failure in the future. The question is how long. Your job is to address factors in your control such as weight, blood sugar, blood pressure, medications, smoking. The procedure sounds like it is not "open", and will use balloons + lithotripsy. Some risk but reasonable. ...Read more

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My 96yr old aunt is stage 4 renal failure. Congestive heart failure, hypertension, no dialysis. How long does she have?

My 96yr old aunt is stage 4 renal failure. Congestive heart failure, hypertension, no dialysis. How long does she have?

Life expectancy: You ask a difficult question. Stage 4 chronic kidney disease (ckd) is far advanced stage of ckd. The life expectancy (l) of a 96 year old female in the us is 3.18 years. That is the l without ckd. Patients with ckd live shorter than those without it. Your question is a difficult one to answer and i hope this helps. ...Read more

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For what length of time can you live being elderly stage 4 colon cancer and renal failure and sepsis?

For what length of time can you live being elderly stage 4 colon cancer and renal failure and sepsis?

Sounds like serious: Illness. Of the conditions you mentioned, sepsis is probably the worst, because it means uncontrolled infection throughout the body. Next is renal failure, but dialysis can reverse some of the effects of it. Stage 4 colon cancer means widespread disease, so prognosis is poor. To have all of these conditions at one time in one person is quite ominous. ...Read more

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What would be the life expectancy for younger patients with stage IV renal failure?

Stage 4 RF: Stage 4 patients have GFR between 15 & 30. I approach this from the standpoint of preserving what kidney function you have, not life expectancy. Ways to do that - watch your diet and avoid foods that have lots of potassium and salt; limit protein intake; watch your weight; take all medicines prescribed; see your doctor regularly. Look here : http://www.Kidneyfailureweb.Com/prognosis/221.Html. ...Read more