Life Expectancy for Stage 4 Renal Disease2012-10-28 17:30
The life expectancy is something patients with stage 4 renal disease care about. Stage 4 renal disease means the condition is in Renal Failure stage, and much kidney function has been lost. There is no an exact answer about the life expectancy for stage 4 renal disease, and the answer depends on the treatment.
In general, patients with stage 4 renal disease will be recommended dialysis to maintain their lives. Dialysis can help patients remove the wastes and excessive fluids out of body, but some patients have to bear some complications. The life expectancy for stage 4 renal disease depends on the patients’ specific conditions. If the dialysis is sufficient and the complications can be relieved, the life expectancy can be 5-10 years.
Kidney transplant is also a choice for patients with stage 4 renal disease. And generally speaking, kidney transplant can help patients get rid of dialysis and live a longer life than patients who undergo dialysis. In general, after receiving a kidney transplant, the one-year survival rate is 85%, five-year survival rate is 60%, and ten-year survival rate is 1%. But some patients can live for more than 20 years after receiving a kidney transplant, while some even die one month after the operation. Many patients receiving kidney transplant may find that their creatinine level become higher again after a period of time, that is because the operation has not done anything to improve the immune system and the anti-rejection medicines which patients have to take for the rest of their life after receiving a kidney transplant can destroy the immune system. So after receiving a kidney transplant, the life expectancy for stage 4 renal disease still can not be confirmed.
Immunotherapy is such a therapy which can help patients with stage 4 renal disease avoid dialysis and kidney transplant through repairing the kidney damage, enhancing kidney function and improving the immune system. Though efficient Immunotherapy is, it can not treat every kidney disease patients. The treatment effect will be enhanced obviously if the patients still can produce urine, and if the condition can be enhanced, the patients with stage 4 renal disease can live a full life. Immunotherapy brings a new hope for all the kidney disease patients, even though the life expectancy for stage 4 renal disease still can not be confirmed. You can leave us a message if there are still some confusions.