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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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92 yr old dad was very ill with CHF and 3rd stage kidney failure and now he is so much better and can't stop eating! a good sign or bad omen?

92 yr old dad was very ill with CHF and 3rd stage kidney failure and now he is so much better and can't stop eating! a good sign or bad omen?

Probably good: Many times if someone is ill and in the hospital, their appetite is quite suppressed. If he feels well enough to resume eating, one would presume that would be a positive indicator. Given his CHF and kidney condition, he will need to watch what types of foods he takes, so he does not relapse into one or the other. ...Read more

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92 yr. Old dad with CHF and 3rd stage kidney failure. Now is eating very little but drinking ensure/ normal decline for his problems?

92 yr. Old dad with CHF and 3rd stage kidney failure. Now is eating very little  but drinking ensure/ normal decline for his problems?

Class 3 CKD: Let's make sure we are on the same page here. I assume that your 92 year old dad has class 3 chronic kidney disease (ckd), not kidney failure. At his level of ckd, he should not need dialysis. Ask his neprhologist to get a 24 hour urine for creatinine clearance. If the result is > 20 mg/min, he is not uremic and does not need dialysis. Look for other causes of poor intake, other than his ckd. ...Read more

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92 yr old dad with CHF and third stage kidney failure is doing great after a bout with illness but refuses to see any doctors now/mentally alert /?

92 yr old dad with CHF and third stage kidney failure is doing great after a bout with illness but refuses to see any doctors now/mentally alert /?

Control salt & water: The best avenue for him with CHF and ckd stage iii is to control sodium below 3000 mg a day and fluids less than 1500 ml per day (1.5 quarts) which is 8 of the 6 ounce cups a day. Needs to take his water pills as prescribed. Given age of 92 and lack of interest to see a doc, you may discuss possibility of hospice esp if he has no interest in being admitted to hospital if gets worse. ...Read more

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What exactly does borderline kidney failure mean? & what can be done to keep them to get worse? Is ther e something im doing causing them to fail?

What exactly does borderline kidney failure mean? & what can be done to keep them to get worse? Is ther e something im doing causing them to fail?

Kidney failure?: Two things that can lead to kidney failure (esrd) are poorly controlled hypertension and diabetes. If you have those problems make sure you have your BP well controlled and if you are diabetic, make sure you are under the care of an endocrinologist. See a nephrologist (n) and have a 24 hour urine collection to get your actual kidney function determined. After that the n can discuss your prognosis. ...Read more

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Can e.Coli caused kidney failure if untreated?

Can e.Coli caused kidney failure if untreated?

E. coli: The so-called enterohemorrhagic e. Coli is linked to a particular form of kidney disease called hemolytic uremic syndrome. Type o157 is the most common but other o types can also cause this. Anti microbial agents not only do not prevent the kidney complication but clearly are linked to a higher risk of it. However, e.Coli sepsis of other types can cause kidney failure that may be prevented by rx. ...Read more

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Kidney failure symptoms?

Kidney failure symptoms?

Uremia: If you have renal failure and is unable to excrete toxins and excess electrolytes/water from your body, you are likely to have symptoms and signs of uremia. They include nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, inability to concentrate, diffuse itching, and lethargy in addition to having fluid retention. ...Read more

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What causes kidney failure?

What causes kidney failure?

Many things: Kidney failure can be from problems before, within and after the kidneys(pre-, intrinsic, post-renal failure).Dehydration or poor blood flow from heart problems, blockage from prostate or urinary flow problems, and many things within the kidney. Infection can do it, too. Diseases such as diabetes and hypertension are main causes, as are medications. ...Read more

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What causes kidney failure?

Several conditions: Kidney failure can be caused by toxic chemicals, infection, congenital diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, severe dehydration, and traumatic injury to list a few. ...Read more

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Symptoms of kidney failure?

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Symptoms of kidney failure?

Many: Fatigue, anemia, fluid retention, lower extremity swelling/edema, all the way to confusion, coma, or cardiac arrhythmias due to electrolyte imbalance. ...Read more

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Is kidney failure permanent?

Is kidney failure permanent?

Not always: Chronic kidney failure is generally irreversible whereas acute renal failure can sometimes be adequately treated and reversed, e.g., hemolytic-uremic syndrome. ...Read more

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Can you die of kidney failure?

Not neccesarily: Mild kidney failure does not. Severe kidney failure can be correctable also. Otherwise severe damage is treated with dialysis and transplantation. Chances of death increase with severity. ...Read more

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What is stage1 kidney failure?

What is stage1 kidney failure?

Kidney failure?: Stage 1 chronic kidney disease (not failure), is the stage f chronic kidney disease (ckd) for patients who have a glomerular filtration rate (GFR) > 90 ml/min. Those patients have no significant kidney disease and are no where close to kidney failure. ...Read more

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What the sing Of kidney failure?

What the sing
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Often no early signs: The kidneys function is to excrete excess water, keep electrolytes like sodium and potassium in balance, stimulate red blood cell growth, and remove toxic byproducts from the body. Urine output may be increased or decreased, in which case there is often swelling of legs, and may cause some breathing issues. Lack of removal of wastes, causes nausea. See Kidney Failure: Signs, Symptoms, Causes & Stages - MedicineNet www.medicinenet.com/kidney_failure/article.htm ...Read more

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What are signs of kidney failure?

What are signs of kidney failure?

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

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What is stage four kidney failure?

What is stage four kidney failure?

Info: This site will help answer that question: http://www.kidney.org/patients/peers/stage4 ...Read more

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Is Kidney shrinkage kidney failure?

Is Kidney shrinkage kidney failure?

Not necessarily: The shrinking of the kidney can lead to decreased kidney function (kidney failure) but there are two kidneys and if one decreased function the other kidney will step up to the task. It needs to be clear why one kidney shrank. This is a guide to the diagnosis and the therapy. Some illness actually cause both kidney to shrink. Your function will help clarify your diagnosis. ...Read more

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Tell me symptoms of kidney failure?

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 is done to help kidney failure?

What is done to help kidney failure?

Prevent/delay it!: If the kidneys have actually failed, you will need "renal replacement therapy:" hemodialysis (the kidney machine), peritoneal dialysis, or a kidney transplant. But if they are still working, ask your doctor about how you can maximize their function for as long as possible. Caring for diabetes and high blood pressure will help. Certain blood pressure meds may help more than others. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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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