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« on: March 23, 2009, 03:14:33 PM »

How long can a person go without a dialysis treatment?

 If you are on dialysis, you know the importance of receiving your treatments as scheduled. When you miss dialysis treatments the toxins build up in your blood causing you to become sick. The longer you go without treatments, the sicker you will become. Naturally, every person is different, but generally how long a person can go without dialysis depends on the amount of kidney function they still have. If someone is passing a reasonable amount of urine, they may be able to survive a few weeks to over a month. For someone who makes little or no urine the time would be a few days to a couple weeks.

You get edema (fluid overload) which effects your heart and lungs, and you generally feel unwell and end up getting sick a lot. This of course depends on if you have any function left in your kidneys how long you will be able to go without treatment. You can have heart attacks, strokes, etc. Also your Potassium going up effects your heart and yoru Phosphate going up can lead to vascular calcification or life threatening Calciphylaxis.

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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2009, 03:18:38 PM »

So, how long can a person live without dialysis? Well it all depends on how severe the kidney damage is. If the person is passing fair amount of urine, he can live without dialysis for 2 to 6 weeks. However, if the person is passing little or no urine, then the survival rate decreases dramatically to 10 to 14 days.

Most people who do not want dialysis after kidney failure suffer from a lot of side effects, namely nausea, twitching of the muscles and breathlessness. Although the person might experience some pain, it is not a major symptom. If the person wants to die at home, it can be arranged by the family members. There are many hospices who also take on elderly patients who do not want dialysis. Kidney failure in elderly is quite common so many hospitals are also equipped to help those patients who do not want dialysis.

Commentary: Taken from "Kidney Failure In Elderly And How Long To Live Without Dialysis" but I took out most of the repetitive "elderly" statements that are the same for dialysis patients of any age.



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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2009, 03:22:52 PM »

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