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What is the average life expectancy for someone in end-stage renal failure on dialysis?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Depends upon health
Very variable.
Current medical literature quotes 22% annual mortality rate which suggests 5 year survival rate. However, younger and otherwise healthy subjects can live 10 -20 years on dialysis. Kidney transplantation has a much better prognosis if and when there is choice. Some subjects only need tdialysis on temporary basis on temporary and recover kidney function. Others are 2 sick for transpl.

In brief: Depends upon health
Very variable.
Current medical literature quotes 22% annual mortality rate which suggests 5 year survival rate. However, younger and otherwise healthy subjects can live 10 -20 years on dialysis. Kidney transplantation has a much better prognosis if and when there is choice. Some subjects only need tdialysis on temporary basis on temporary and recover kidney function. Others are 2 sick for transpl.
Dr. George Klauber
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Dyalisis
It is 3-5 years if dyalisis is being done.
Mortality rate for people on dialysis is 22%/year. That gives an average of 5 years.

In brief: Dyalisis
It is 3-5 years if dyalisis is being done.
Mortality rate for people on dialysis is 22%/year. That gives an average of 5 years.
Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
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Dr. Adrian Baudy IV
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
The average life expectancy is 5-7 years on average.
Put young patients tend to leave longer than very old patients and healthier more compliant patients tend to do better than those than skip dialysis very often. So don't let the average numbers define overall prognosis. Also once a patient is esrd they can be listed for transplant which has a higher life expectancy than dialysis patients.

In brief: Depends
The average life expectancy is 5-7 years on average.
Put young patients tend to leave longer than very old patients and healthier more compliant patients tend to do better than those than skip dialysis very often. So don't let the average numbers define overall prognosis. Also once a patient is esrd they can be listed for transplant which has a higher life expectancy than dialysis patients.
Dr. Adrian Baudy IV
Dr. Adrian Baudy IV
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