• shareIcon

Expected Duration of Kidney Failure

Updated at: Jan 21, 2013
Kidney Diseases
Written by: Dr Poonam SachdevPublished at: Jun 19, 2012
Expected Duration of Kidney Failure

Duration of kidney failure is influenced by the underlying cause. Many cases with acute renal failure improve with renal supportive treatment and by controlling or stopping the underlying cause such as stopping the medication or reversing whatever

Kidney failure is a medical condition in which the kidneys lose their ability to remove waste products from the blood and regulate the body's balance of salt and water. If kidney failure is severe,  production of urine becomes less or stops completely. This leads to accumulation of waste products and water in the body and symptoms due to their accumulation.

Kidney failure (also called renal failure) can be categorised as:

  • acute renal failure
  • chronic kidney disease (chronic renal failure)
  • end-stage renal disease.

Expected duration of kidney failure

Acute renal failure: Many cases with acute renal failure improve rapidly with the start of renal supportive treatment and by controlling or stopping the underlying cause such as stopping the medication or reversing whatever caused the situation. Duration of illness varies considerably from person to person and is affected by factors such as the cause of the kidney problem and the duration of renal failure before treatment is started. Rarely does acute kidney failure progress to end-stage renal disease.

Chronic renal failure: Chronic kidney failure or chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a lifelong problem and it tends to get worse gradually over months or years. It can progress to end-stage kidney failure (stage 5 CKD) that requires kidney dialysis or kidney transplant. The rate of progression is variable and depends on several factors including the severity of any underlying condition, associated medical problems and treatment. The rate of progression of CKD to end-stage kidney failure, however, can be prevented or slowed by:

  • treating the cause of kidney damage (such as hypertension, diabetes) aggressively
  • taking your prescribed medications for blood pressure control and to protect your kidneys
  • eating diet low in salt (sodium), fluids and protein and
  • regularly following-up with your doctor to assess the effectiveness of your treatment and kidney function.

End-stage renal disease: This is a permanent condition, which will lead to death if it is not treated with dialysis or a kidney transplant.




All possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; however Onlymyhealth.com does not take any liability for the same. Using any information provided by the website is solely at the viewers’ discretion. In case of any medical exigencies/ persistent health issues, we advise you to seek a qualified medical practitioner before putting to use any advice/tips given by our team or any third party in form of answers/comments on the above mentioned website.

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK