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Will kidney failure kill me?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
9 doctors agree

In brief: Not necessarily

If kidney failure is mild/stable with an established & eliminated cause (eg from nsaids), you may not have problems from it.
If severe, then "renal replacement therapy" w hemodialysis (hd) or kidney transplant is lifesaving. Life expectancy on hd is markedly less than for people w/o kidney failure (degree depends on cause), but kidney transplants seem to do better (if no complications, 75% 10 yrs).

In brief: Not necessarily

If kidney failure is mild/stable with an established & eliminated cause (eg from nsaids), you may not have problems from it.
If severe, then "renal replacement therapy" w hemodialysis (hd) or kidney transplant is lifesaving. Life expectancy on hd is markedly less than for people w/o kidney failure (degree depends on cause), but kidney transplants seem to do better (if no complications, 75% 10 yrs).
Dr. Shaym Puppala
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Dr. Steven Bowers
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not necessarily

Chronic kidney disease is usually managed by kidney doctor, a nephrologist.
Short of end-stage kidney disease (esrd), it is managed symptomatically. Esrd is managed with dialysis or reversed with kidney transplant. If a person with esrd is not treated, they will likely die of uremia as the poisons that are normally cleared by the kidney build up to lethal levels in the blood.

In brief: Not necessarily

Chronic kidney disease is usually managed by kidney doctor, a nephrologist.
Short of end-stage kidney disease (esrd), it is managed symptomatically. Esrd is managed with dialysis or reversed with kidney transplant. If a person with esrd is not treated, they will likely die of uremia as the poisons that are normally cleared by the kidney build up to lethal levels in the blood.
Dr. Steven Bowers
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

If untreated, kidney failure will lead to death.
Even when treated, we cannot completely replace the good work that kidneys do, ultimately organs will fail, and death will occur.

In brief: Yes

If untreated, kidney failure will lead to death.
Even when treated, we cannot completely replace the good work that kidneys do, ultimately organs will fail, and death will occur.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
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