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Stage 5 Kidney Failure Prognosis

When we said Kidney Failure, we merely talks about its stages. Stage 5 kidney failure is a daily term. Actually, it refers to CKD stage 5 in clinic. What is the prognosis of stage5 CKD? Read on and find the answer from the following discussion.

At this stage, the kidneys have lost nearly all their ability to do their job effectively, and eventually Dialysis or a Kidney Transplant is needed to survive. What is the medical condition of stage 5?

CKD stage 5

Stage 5 CKD or you can call it stage 5 Kidney Failure is very severely reduced kidney function, less than 15% (EGFR less than 15ml/min). At this stages, many other system and organs are involved and patients may feel many symptoms and complication which affects their life quality and even threaten their life.

The symptoms of stage 5 Kidney Failure may include increase skin pigmentation, changes in skin color, loss of appetite, tingling in hands or feet, headache, vomiting, nausea, muscle cramps, being tired, swelling, being unable to concentrate, making little or no urine.

As the kidneys fail to remove the waste products and extra fluids in the blood, toxins deposit in the body, causing an overall ill feeling. And you may develop a series of complications, such as stroke, heart attack, malnutrition, blood clotting, liver failure etc. Each of the complication may increase the risk for death and according to the research, many Kidney Failure patients died from its complications, not from kidney damage itself. Thereby, you are suggested to control your complications, once you feel it. For symptoms and complications are the two main factors to affect the prognosis.

Actually, the prognosis of CKD stage 5 varies from person to person. Prognosis has a great impact on lifespan. The life expectancy of a kidney failure patient with an eGFR of 10ml/min or less, ranges from 1 to 12 months without treatment of any kind (e.g. dialysis, transplant, natural medicine). The average is 6 months. The average life expectancy of someone receiving kidney dialysis is 4.25 years. However, it does’t work for anyone with CKD stage5.

To improve the prognosis, the treatment and lifestyle changes play an important role. As long as the kidney function can be elevated, the prognosis of CKD stage 5 will become better. To achieve the goal, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Immunotherapy and Steroids Therapy may be involved.

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