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Do I have to go on dialysis if my kidneys fail?

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Dr. Jerry Light
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree

In brief: Probably

Whether you have to start dialysis depends on how bad your kidneys are failing as well as other medical problems you have.
The worst kidney failure is called stagev chronic kidney disease and indicates less than 15% kidney function. Most times a patient will be started on dialysis if the function falls below 10%, sometimes at a higher or lower level, depending on symptoms. Ask your nephrologist.

In brief: Probably

Whether you have to start dialysis depends on how bad your kidneys are failing as well as other medical problems you have.
The worst kidney failure is called stagev chronic kidney disease and indicates less than 15% kidney function. Most times a patient will be started on dialysis if the function falls below 10%, sometimes at a higher or lower level, depending on symptoms. Ask your nephrologist.
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Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
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In brief: RRT options

There are five renal replacement therapy options i always discuss with patients who are about to start dialysis.
1. Blood dialysis a) in center (hd) b) home (hhd) 2. Peritoneal (ccpd or capd) (also done at home) 3. Renal transplantation 4. Comfort care. Not everyone decides to use this technology.

In brief: RRT options

There are five renal replacement therapy options i always discuss with patients who are about to start dialysis.
1. Blood dialysis a) in center (hd) b) home (hhd) 2. Peritoneal (ccpd or capd) (also done at home) 3. Renal transplantation 4. Comfort care. Not everyone decides to use this technology.
Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine

In brief: No

Renal failure, if unable to be corrected, may lead to the need for dialysis.

In brief: No

Renal failure, if unable to be corrected, may lead to the need for dialysis.
Dr. Paul Cohen
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