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Stage 4 Kidney Disease: How Long Can One Survive on Dialysis

2014-01-06 18:01| Font Size A A A

Stage 4 kidney disease is featured as severe kidney damage. The glomerular filtration rate decreases to 15-29ml/min/1.73m2. Many patients rely on dialysis to survive. Then how long can on survive on dialysis in stage 4 kidney disease?

Why is dialysis needed in stage 4 kidney disease?

Not all the patients in stage 4 kidney disease need dialysis. If the kidneys are no longer to sustain the life, then dialysis is needed as a replacement treatment. The waste products and toxins should be filtered by kidneys. When they accumulate in the blood to a certain degree due to kidney damage and the life will be in danger if they are not cleared out, dialysis is needed to maintain life.

If the accumulated products in blood have caused a lot of symptoms, such as heavy swelling, itchy skin, muscle cramps, nausea, vomit, and heart failure, dialysis is needed.

How long can one survive on dialysis?

It is hard to say how long can you survive exactly. It depends on many factors, such as the ages, the illness condition, the dialysis technique, the mind state and the treatment.

According to the statistics, about 10% people can live for another 10 years on dialysis, 33% 5 more years, 64% 2 more years and 80% 1 more years. But under serious condition, you will end up your life within 1 to 4 weeks once you stop dialysis.

How to prolong the lifespan longer?

Though dialysis is needed in urgent circumstance, it is not the perfect method to treat kidney disease for it can not improve kidney function. The root method to prolong the lifespan is not only to remove the wast products, but also to improve kidney function. Hot Compress therapy is recommended to you. It is a natural treatment and it can achieve great effects. If you want to know more about this therapy, you can ask the online doctor for more information.

How long can you survive on dialysis in stage 4 kidney disease? Do you have a clear mind about it? For follow-up questions, you are welcomed to send an email to or leave a message below. The kidney doctor will give you a reply within 48 hours!

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