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Expected ESRD Life Span When Someone Starts or Stops Dialysis

2013-03-05 08:57

What is the expected life span of someone with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) living on Dialysis or stopping dialysis? This is a recurring topic on the discussing boards. Here, we will discuss this question in detail.

ESRD is the end result of many forms of CKD. It is defined by a glomerular filtration rate (GFR) that is less than 15 mL/min per 1.73 m2, and the need for replacement therapy via dialysis or Kidney Transplant.

What is the life span for people with ESRD on dialysis?

Actually, the life expectancy depends on patient's age and other medical problems present. In general, the older the patient is and the more health problems he or she has, the less time they are remaining.

For people between 45-54 years, the average 5 year survival is 70%; if between 65-74 years, it's 30%; and less than 20% if over 75 years of age. The mortality rate for people with ESRD is 22% annually, and this effectively means that surviving beyond 5 years is going to be highly unlikely.

What is the life span for people with ESRD who chooses not to start dialysis?

The prognosis depends on how little patient's kidney function as well as other existing health problems. According to a study, patients lived an average 11 months.

What is the life span for people with ESRD who stops dialysis?

Without dialysis, toxins build up in the blood, resulting in a condition known as Uremia. The patient will receive whatever medicines are necessary to manage symptoms of uremia and other medical issues. Depending how quickly the toxins build up, the survival time is from a few days to several weeks.

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