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If someone has septic shock and then gets kidney failure with dialysis is there any chance they will recover?

If someone has septic shock and then gets  kidney failure with dialysis is there any chance they will recover?

Yes: Acute kidney failure has the potential to improve. Nephrologists watch for this routinely. Recovery is most likely when the other organ systems have improved too. ...Read more

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more


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Mum has had cellulitis a pulmonary embolism and sepsis and kidney failure. 2 years on her leg has started to get inflahigh again and is leaking fluid?

Mum has had cellulitis a pulmonary embolism and sepsis and kidney failure. 2 years on her leg has started to get inflahigh again and is leaking fluid?

Consultation advised: Would like to help you but this Q & A box isn't designed for diagnosis.There are a number of reasons for fluid accumulation in the lower extremities.Congestive heart failure, venous insufficiency and advanced kidney failure are just several of a number of causes.For specific advice an online Health Tap IN BOX text consult may be helpful. Upload full medical history and be available to reply to Dr. ...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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How common is kidney failure with sepsis?

How common is kidney failure with sepsis?

Common: Usually is related to decrease of BP associated with sepsis. However, it sometimes occurs without significant drop of BP in the context of sepsis. Usually is reversible unless sepsis is protracted where chances of recovery of renal failure start dwindling. ...Read more

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If a pt with CHF, kidney failure & sepsis who is nil by mouth has a random glucose that is 5.8 mmol/L & the next day is 3.1 mmol/L, does this matter?

If a pt with CHF, kidney failure & sepsis who is nil by mouth has a random glucose that is 5.8 mmol/L & the next day is 3.1 mmol/L, does this matter?

Sepsis- it matters: Criteria for blood glucose levels to "matter", isn't based on just numbers. However, the pt is described having CHF, kidney failure, & sepsis- the pt is unlikely to be clinically improving since 3.1 (about 56 mg/dl) is below the range of normal. Infections will typically cause dysglycemia (hard to control blood sugar levels). When levels return to normal range, it signals clinical improveme ...Read more

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If someone has septic shock and kidney failure what can we do?

If someone has septic shock and kidney failure what can we do?

Pray: Septic shock leading to kidney failure is one of the most devastating medical conditions, and all such patients should be in an intensive care unit. The patient needs to be under the care of a medical team consisting of an intensivist, pulmonary, infectious disease and nephrology doctors. The mortality from this condition is over 80-90% and almost always some form of dialysis is required. ...Read more

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Does dying from septic shock & kidney failure hurt?

Does dying from septic shock & kidney failure hurt?

Who knows?: Clinical experience shows all dying persons will, as expected, struggle to cope with reality, certainty, & uncertainty for survival & continuation at the early stage of dying, gradually become less energy & ability to fight on, then lapse into coma, and finally step into eternity. What is the pace of dying? It heavily depends upon the availability of supportive care & widely vary from days to... ...Read more

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My 80yo dad has opted for hospice..Stopping dialysis. Will the kidney failure be paunful? Can it be controlled? Dr.'s gave him 5days.

My 80yo dad has opted for hospice..Stopping dialysis. Will the kidney failure be paunful? Can it be controlled? Dr.'s gave him 5days.

Kidney failure: Kidney failure itself is not going to be painful. However, if he has other problems on top of it, he may experience pain. Kidney failure will cause a build up of toxic substances and he will enter a comatose state and pass away eventually. ...Read more

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How much kidney failure do you have had in order to have go on dialysis?

How much kidney failure do you have had in order to have go on dialysis?

Starting dialysis : The need for dialysis is not easily quantified by how much kidney failure you have, other than none. That is because of the multiple kinds of damage a kidney can have, and also on other illnesses you may have, like heart disease, the kind of diet you eat, and even your goal for dialysis (buying time or getting back to work). In general though, kidney function below about 5 ml per minute is a limit. ...Read more

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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


Dr. William Walsh
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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Sepsis is a condition in which a person has a blood infection, usually caused by bacteria. The bacteria get into the bloodstream and are spread all over the body. The infection plus the immune system's response to it causes the symptoms of sepsis, which include fever, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, high white ...Read more