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Old 07-11-2005, 09:27 AM   #1
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15% kidney function questions

Hello! I'm asking this question for my cousin. Her husband has chronic kidney failure. They're not sure how it started but suspect an untreated childhood strep infection. It was discovered when my cousin borrowed some urine sticks from her sister (her son has glomuronephritis due to untreated strep) to test her son who was complaining of a low backache. He was fine but just "for fun" decided to test everyone and her husband's came back at the highest reading for blood, protein, leukocytes and glucose (that's all it tested for).

Anyway, his kidney function was at 30% and in 6wks fell to 25% (that was 5wks ago). He was admitted to the hospital Saturday evening because he was urinating thick red blood. His kidney function is now estimated to be at 15%.

They're not sure what caused it to decline so quickly (suspected an infection but tests are all coming back neg for that; CT scan was neg for stones). They also may do one round of dialysis to see if his kidney function will improve.

This confuses her since she was told by his dr that once kidney function diminshes it doesn't improve and that the kidneys cannot repair themselves. Yet she has the hospital dr telling her otherwise. Does anyone have any information at all on this? She would greatly appreciate anything at all that you would have to share!!

Her husband is only 34 and they have 6 children (ages 7months-14yrs). They saw a dialysis specialist last week since his dr said he'd be on dialysis within a year.

Please, any info would be helpful!

Love and Prayers, Kelly

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Re: 15% kidney function questions

Both answers are sort of right. The one doctor is correct in that once you have significant kidney disease (and at 30% he does) the kidneys cannot be repaired. What the short treatment of dialysis might do is to give the kidneys a bit of a break and a kick start. This may give him some additional time before dialysis is really necessary and then he and his family have the time to get informed and make decisions.

Good luck to you all.

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Old 07-12-2005, 09:59 AM   #3
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Re: 15% kidney function questions

My husband is on Kidney Dialysis.He was at 15% function.He was told that at that low rate that his only choice was dialysis.The doctors guessed that his Kidneys had been failing for monthes before they found out.By the time he went to the doctor it was almost too late.They said that his body was so full of toxins that had he waited even a few more days that he probably wouldn't have made it.

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