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Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Disease: How Long Can I Survive with Dialysis

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Chronic kidney disease is characterized by the gradual loss of kidney function. In stage 4, the kidney function is severely damaged. Patients will suffer from many discomforts, like nausea, vomit, anemia and swelling. With the deterioration of the disease and the symptoms, patients will rely on dialysis to survive. How long can you survive with dialysis?

Dialysis for stage 4 chronic kidney disease.

Dialysis is regarded as an artificial kidney, which helps kidney to discharge the waste products and toxins that accumulated in blood. With dialysis, the symptoms will be relieved. Dialysis can help prolong the lifespan of patients with kidney disease. But in terms of how long can you survive, there is not an exact number. It depends on many factors, such as the ages, illness conditions, complications, the mind state and the dialysis technic.

How long can you survive with dialysis?

Under normal circumstance, patients can live another 5 years or more with adequate dialysis. But many patients suffer from serious side-effects, such as low blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, etc. Some side-effects are life-threatening. These side-effects of dialysis severely affect the life quality and lifespan. Some patients die within one year with dialysis.

According to the statistics, the age is also one of the influential factor of the lifespan. About 88% people under 20 years old can live through 5 years, 71% between 20-44 years old live for 5 years and 10% above 74 can live another 5 years.

There is an average statistic about the lifespan of patients who accept dialysis as a treatment. About 80% people can survive 1 year, 64% can survive 2 years, 33% can survive 5 years and 10% can survive 10 years.

Therefore, you should talk with your doctor and get better known of your condition. You can also send your medical report to, the kidney expert will give you detailed treatment for your condition. If you are patients with stage 4 chronic kidney disease and are on dialysis now, you are suggested to make a proper diet to keep good nutrition. Best wishes for you!

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