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Life Expectancy of Stage 5 Kidney Failure without Dialysis


2013-03-17 16:53

Dialysis is a major treatment for people with stage 5 kidney failure and it can help prolong the patients’ life span.However,it can make the patients very uncomfortable and bring a myriad of side effects.Many patients choose not to start dialysis or stop it when it has no significance in improving their life quality.However,without dialysis treatment,high levels of toxins will build up in body,which will certainly affect their life expectancy.What is the life expectancy of stage 5 kidney failure without dialysis? It relies on variable factors.

Complications of kidney failure is a major factor in affect the patients’ life expectancy.If they do not have serious complications, such as shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, etc, they can delay the onset of dialysis and live longer.However, if the patients develop complete Kidney Failure and suffer serious complications, they will die in several days without dialysis.

Most patients who stop dialysis die within 8 to 12 days. An occasional patient who has near normal urine output may live several weeks to a month.Patients who have other illnesses may die only a few days after stopping dialysis.

An aggressive intervention treatment plays the key role in prolong the life expectancy of stage 5 kidney failure without dialysis. Generally speaking, dialysis is prescribed to the patients when renal function reduces less than 15%. In other words, if the residual renal function keeps above 15%, the patients will be able to maintain normal physiological activity without dialysis.

With the progress of medical technology,there are more treatment options for stage 5 kidney failure.The new treatments aim at restoring the impaired kidney structure and improving renal function.Thereby, dialysis will not be necessary.



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