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How serious is renal failure?

How serious is renal failure?

It depends: Usually it depends on the reason , the severity and person health. While renal failure due to dehydration and obstruction ( stones, prostate in a man)is reversible most of the the time , renal failure due to intrinsic kidney problems is sometimes hard to treat. ...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


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Is pancreatitis life threatening?

Is pancreatitis life threatening?

It Can Be: 90% of the time, pancreatitis is mild and self-limiting. If severe, people are at-risk at 3 different times: early on, factors are released into the body that can depress many organs' function--if chronically ill, this can be dangerous; middle phase problems arise from pancreatic necrosis, sometimes requiring surgery; late phase problems tend to be infectious in origin, often following surgery. ...Read more

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How long is life expectancy for congestive heart failure?

How long is life expectancy for congestive heart failure?

Depends...: On severity. Many patients with appropriate treatment can lead full lives. ...Read more

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Is amenorrhea ever life threatening? Can amenorrhea ever indicate a life threatening condition or be life threatening in itself? .

Is amenorrhea ever life threatening? Can amenorrhea ever indicate a life threatening condition or be life threatening in itself?

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Not really: You should first find out the cause. Most of the known causes of amenorrhea are benign and not life threatening...Yet until you know the cause i can not answer this question fully well.Your gynecologist is the right person to address this question as it will require a detailed evaluation to determine the cause of amenorrhea.. ...Read more

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Is kidney failure a painful death if left untreated?

Is kidney failure a painful death if left untreated?

No: Patients in renal failure who are not on dialysis accumulate renal toxins in their bloodstream. This affects brain function, causing the patient to feel sleepy, be confused, and lose their appetite. If a patient has no remaining renal function when they stop dialysis, they will fall into a uremic coma 7-10 days after stopping dialysis, and die within 14-21 days. This process is painless. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy with a cardiac transplant patient in renal failure?

What is the life expectancy with a cardiac transplant patient in renal failure?

Cardiac transplant: Transplant survival rates have been improving over the past several years as better options exist in preventing rejection (better than 60% live 10 or more years). Diffuse post-transplant coronary arteriopathy tends to or relate more with late post-transplant events. Coexistant renal failure would also be a negative predictor on survival irrespective of transplant status (mortality 50% at 2 yrs). ...Read more

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What is the life expentancy for a 66 year old woman with stage 4 kidney failure and congestive heart failure and diabetes?

What is the life expentancy for a 66 year old woman with stage 4 kidney failure and congestive heart failure and diabetes?

Life expectancy: According to this website: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/22442392 men and women aged 40 years had a life expectancy of 30.5 and 34.6 years at egfr ? 60 ml/min/1.73 m(2), 24.5 and 28.7 years at egfr 45-59 ml/min/1.73 m(2), 14.5 and 16.5 years at egfr 30-44 ml/min/1.73 m(2) and 10.4 and 9.1 years at egfr 15-29 ml/min/1.73 m(2), respectively. Patients with diabetes and CHF can live shorter. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for stage 5 kidney failure with starting dialysis?

What is the life expectancy for stage 5 kidney failure with starting dialysis?

Here are some...: On average, some 20-22% of the dialyzed will pass away in every each year so to live longer than 5 yrs is hard. But, young age + hope to get kidney transplant + willing to cope and live a healthy lifestyle + follow available good advice are your best possible hope. Nonetheless, do something within our control now and don't waste time & energy to think & worry about what beyond our control. Best... ...Read more

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Prognosis for total kidney and liver failure dyalisis not an option, what type of life expectancy?

Prognosis for total kidney and liver failure dyalisis not an option, what type of life expectancy?

Very poor: Unfortunately very poor however depends on what is meant my "total" failure. If complete kidney failure means not making any urine, then prognosis is typically days, up to 1-2 weeks w/o dialysis. If complete liver failure (your doctor would use prognostic tools such as meld and childs-pugh) and would consider lab values and signs/symptoms of liver failure and typically could be weeks to months. ...Read more

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Can woman who donates a kidney live normal life? What care must she take?risk in pregnancy? Is there lowered life expectancy? risk of kidney failure?

Can woman who donates a kidney live normal life? What care must she take?risk in pregnancy? Is there lowered life expectancy? risk of kidney failure?

Depends: Most of us need one well-functioning kidney to live normally. However, one needs to think seriously before deciding to become a living donor. After all, it is a major surgery (mortality rate 2-3 in 10,000) and it requires general anesthesia. Recent studies have shown that former donors do have slightly higher chance of pregnancy-related complications (e.g. pre-eclampsia). ...Read more

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Is severe osteoporosis life threatening?

Is severe osteoporosis life threatening?

Yes: Osteoporosis put you at risk for hip and spine fractures which can be debilitating and possibly life threatening. Fortunately we have many medications that can successfully treat this. Make sure your house is well lit, minimize loose rugs or clutters to decrease chance of falling. Healthy diet, weight bearing exercises, take the med. ...Read more

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How severe is congestive heart failure?

How severe is congestive heart failure?

No Symptoms to Fatal: Like most issues, varies very widely. CHF typically progresses slowly over years to decades & is not recognized until symptoms become severe enough that people finally seek help (way down the road) due to shortness of breath (lung edema), leg edema, increasing fatigue, etc. Alternatively, it can be detected early, before symptomatic, in several ways; good quality echocardiography probably best. ...Read more

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Is COPD life threatening?

Is COPD life threatening?

Can be...: COPD is a slowly progressive disease and, over many years, the damage in the lungs increases and eventually can be life-threatening. The progression can be slowed further via smoking cessation and supplemental oxygen, if your oxygen level is low enough to qualify. ...Read more

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Is hypothyroidism a dangerous (even life threatening) condition? What can happen if left untreated?

Is hypothyroidism a dangerous (even life threatening) condition? What can happen if left untreated?

Yes: Often mild hypothyroidism, which is more common as you get older, can go unchecked for a long time--months to years. Severe hypothyroidism is another story--medically known as myxedema coma --it is a rare but life-threatening condition. Hypothyroidism is easy tested and treated, thus check with your doctor... ...Read more

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Is moderate renal impairment life threatening?

Is moderate renal impairment life threatening?

Not usually: It really depends on the degree of renal impairment. Most people with moderate chronic kidney disease do not even realize they have the disease! its often not until renal function had dropped below 30% and often lower than that, that you can see side effects. The side effects (anemia, high potassium, high phosphorus) are what cause most of the life threatening issues. ...Read more

Dr. Tarek Naguib
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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