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Why is the mortality risk so high for icu patients having acute renal failure? If you are already in the hospital, can't you start dialysis quickly?

Why is the mortality risk so high for icu patients having acute renal failure? If you are already in the hospital, can't you start dialysis quickly?

Renal failure death: Patients in the ICU who have a acute kidney failure (akf) have something that caused it, usually hypotension. The are very sick and have multi-systemic problems and may have an overwhelming infection leading to their akf. Although dialysis can replace kidney function lost in akf, it cannot perform any of the functions of other organs in the body. They need more than just kidney function to live. ...Read more

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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Subsequent to heart surgery patients suffers acute renal failure, dialysis done breifly then low b.P occurs now dialys?

Subsequent to heart surgery patients suffers acute renal failure, dialysis done breifly then low b.P occurs now dialys?

Depends : Very low blood pressure sometimes hurts kidney function. The need for dialysis in the acute hospital setting is determined by complications of poor kidney function. Your physician can help explain this in the context of the specific patient. ...Read more

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What is dialysis, and why are the patients at risk for anemia?

Cleansing of blood: Dialysis is the cleansing of the blood through an artificial membrane. It replaces some of the physiologic functions of a normal kidney but is generally inferior to a functioning kidney. One of the functions of the kidney is to produce a hormone that stimulates blood produciton. When kidney function is impaired, this hormone production is diminished, resulting in anemia. ...Read more

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My wife has end stage renal failure.She is undergoing pd now.Transplant looks like not possible in time soon.What is her life expectancy on dialysis?

Dialysis: Patients can have hd or pd for long time until they get transplant. As far as they don't get infection and get regular dialysis they will be ok for several years ... ...Read more

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I'm 71 M I have renal failure stg 5, currently undergoing dialysis, blood urea is touching 223.4 & Uric touching 9, creatinine -7.4, how to control.

I'm 71 M I have renal failure stg 5, currently undergoing dialysis, blood urea is touching 223.4 & Uric touching 9, creatinine -7.4, how to control.

Ask your doc: This a question for your dialysis team. Some adjustments may be necessary to get your blood levels into acceptable range. Your doctor should know about your numbers. ...Read more

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Copd + renal failure not a candidate for dialysis?

Copd + renal failure not a candidate for dialysis?

Depends...: It depends on the severity of the copd. If the patient is on COPD medications and has relatively mild symptoms and/or is well-controlled, then dialysis can be given. It will likely need to be hemodialysis as a pulmonary patient is not likely to tolerate peritoneal dialysis. For an individual case, a kidney specialist will determine if the patient will tolerate dialysis treatment. ...Read more

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What are the protein needs for a person with chronic renal failure and not on dialysis?

What are the protein needs for a person with chronic renal failure and not on dialysis?

See below: It is very important to know if you have normal Albumin level before you restrict any protein in your diet generally recommended is 0.8 grams per kg body weight.Consult a dietician. ...Read more

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Tell me why patients with kidney failure eat and drink what they like only during the first few hours of dialysis?

Tell me why patients with kidney failure eat and drink what they like only during the first few hours of dialysis?

Nurses being nice: The total fluid removal target is programmed at the beginning of the dialysis run. Fluids consumed on dialysis are added to the total weight target. The removal target is doable from the onset of dialysis. If you drink 32 oz in the last hour, it is difficult to get this (and the preprogrammed amount) all off in the last hour. ...Read more

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Would you say my mom is in stage 5 of renal failure? She is 84 with dementia and dr say dialysis is not an option. How much time does she have?

Depends: If she was told that she has end stage renal disease, then she is in kidney failure. How functional the individual is is a better reflection on whether the person should recieve dialysis. In older adults, if there are no dangerous urgent symproms, then dialysis is delayed until absolutely needed. If mom is having these symptoms and not to be dialyzed, she may have only a few weeks. ...Read more

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How effective is dialysis for treating acute renal failure?

How effective is dialysis for treating acute renal failure?

Treating ARF: When used correctly and the underlying reason is also treated correctly, you cannot beat the combination of medical management of ARF along with prudent dialysis. ...Read more

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


Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more