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My mother is in the icu with pneumonia and sepsis, and now they are starting dialysis. Does that mean she will need a kidney transplant?

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Dr. William Goldsmith
Critical Care
4 doctors agree

In brief: Probably not

Most patients who develop acute renal failure from septic shock will regain kidney function if they survive.
My concern is that your mother may be developing multisystem organ failure which is a more pressing acute concern.

In brief: Probably not

Most patients who develop acute renal failure from septic shock will regain kidney function if they survive.
My concern is that your mother may be developing multisystem organ failure which is a more pressing acute concern.
Dr. William Goldsmith
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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not necessarily

Unfortunately your mother is very ill and i wish her the best.
Dialysis is being started now because her kidneys shut down. In this situation, when the pneumonia and sepsis improve, then kidneys will have a chance to recover. Therefore she might not need a renal transplant.

In brief: Not necessarily

Unfortunately your mother is very ill and i wish her the best.
Dialysis is being started now because her kidneys shut down. In this situation, when the pneumonia and sepsis improve, then kidneys will have a chance to recover. Therefore she might not need a renal transplant.
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Not necessarily

Acute renal failure can undergo complete recovery in many circumstances.
The hard part is waiting for the process of recovery to occur which can take weeks to months. Depending on the other conditions, recovery can sometimes not occur and then permanent dialysis would be required.

In brief: Not necessarily

Acute renal failure can undergo complete recovery in many circumstances.
The hard part is waiting for the process of recovery to occur which can take weeks to months. Depending on the other conditions, recovery can sometimes not occur and then permanent dialysis would be required.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine

In brief: Not necessarily

Sometimes, in the face of sepsis, the kidneys may temporarily fail requiring dialysis.
As the sepsis improves, the kidneys may begin functioning again and dialysis may eventually be stopped. Dialysis provides the kidneys with support until this happens. Good luck to your mom!

In brief: Not necessarily

Sometimes, in the face of sepsis, the kidneys may temporarily fail requiring dialysis.
As the sepsis improves, the kidneys may begin functioning again and dialysis may eventually be stopped. Dialysis provides the kidneys with support until this happens. Good luck to your mom!
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice

In brief: Not necessarily

It may well be temporary dialysis- it depends how bad the kidneys are damaged, other problems she may have like diabetes etc.

In brief: Not necessarily

It may well be temporary dialysis- it depends how bad the kidneys are damaged, other problems she may have like diabetes etc.
Dr. Gutti Rao
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