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Life Expectancy of Stage 5 Kidney Failure on Dialysis

2013-01-10 17:07

Stage 5 kidney failure is the end stage of renal failure in which the kidneys have been severely damaged and there are less than 10% kidney functions. To sustain life, patients will have to rely on dialysis or kidney transplantation.

As for the treatments for stage 5 renal failure, we will first think of dialysis which can replace part of kidney functions to help clear excessive accumulation of metabolic wastes and toxins out of the body so as to alleviate sufferings and prolong life span.

However we also know that dialysis can not cure kidney failure or reverse progressive and continuous deterioration of renal damages and loss of residual kidney functions.

The exact life expectancy of stage 5 kidney failure on dialysis depends on a variety of factors---patient’s constitution, fundamental cause of renal failure, complications, treatments, nursing cares, mood and attitude, etc.

Generally speaking, if patients still have urine output and the complications are well controlled, there will be more chance to prolong intervals between dialysis, improve life quality and extend their life expectancy. Urine is hope for end stage renal failure patients and it means that there are still functional renal units and there is still chance to improve kidney functions.

Actually very small percentage of renal failure patients die of failed kidney in the end but complications in other organs and systems are more dangerous risks for end stage renal failure especially cardio-cerebrovascular complications. Therefore repairing and improving renal function at the same time of preventing and treating complications so as to improve life expectancy as long as possible should be the emphasis of effective treatments.

Whatever the fundamental cause of renal failure is, the common pathogenesis are ischemia and hypoxia in the kidneys as well as the start of renal fibrosis. Micro-Chinese medicines have the functions of dilating blood vessels, anti-inflammation, anti-coagulation, degradation of extracellular matrix so as to promote blood circulation, increase blood and oxygen supply to the kidney and and prevent further renal fibrosis.

After the application of Micro-Chinese medicines, ischemia and hypoxia can be improved and renal intrinsic cells can get more blood, oxygen and other nutritions so that the necrotic renal cells can be repaired and renal functions can be improved.

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