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How Long Do People Live on Dialysis

2014-01-20 21:46| Font Size A A A

Dialysis is regarded as a lifesaver of patients with kidney disease. Under some emergent circumstances, it can save one’s life. Also, the life expectancy can be prolonged by dialysis. Then how long do people live on dialysis?

The healthy kidneys are responsible to purify the blood by filtering the toxins and extra water and electrolyte. When kidneys are damaged for some reason, they will not able to do this job well. So dialysis is adopted to take over this job. Dialysis can help relieve some symptoms and control the progression of the disease. With dialysis, you can live another several years.

When we talk about the life span of patients who are on dialysis, many factors should be taken into consideration, such as the ages, the causes of disease, the dialysis technology and so on. It is reported that 10% dialysis patients will survive 10 more years, 33% can survive 5 more years, 64% can survive 2 more years and 80% can survive 1 more years on average.

The age is also an important influential factor of how long do people live on dialysis. The following sheet shows the relationship between ages and the percentage of people who can live 5 more years on dialysis.

age <20 20-44 45-64 65-74 >74
percentage 88% 71% 44% 21% 10%




The cause of disease affect the lifespan of patients who are on dialysis a lot. You can learn something according the following table. The relationships of the years people can survive and the percentage of people and the causes of disease are as follow:

  1 year 5 years 10 years
PKD  94% 70% 42%
Glomerulonephritis 88% 58% 37%
High blood pressure 77% 33% 14%
Diabetes  71% 29% 11%







Of course, there are many factors that are relevant to how long do people live on dialysis. About other factors, you can ask the online doctor or you can leave a message below. We will give you an answer as soon as possible!



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