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10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Kidney Failure

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Since you were recently diagnosed with kidney failure, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.

  1. What caused my kidney failure?
  2. Do I have hypertension, diabetes, or other disorders that may worsen my kidney failure?
  3. If I have an acute kidney problem, do you expect me to recover, and how long might that take?
  4. If my kidney problem is chronic, how long can I continue without dialysis, or will I ever need dialysis?
  5. What type of dialysis do you recommend?
  6. Am I a good candidate for a kidney transplant?
  7. What dietary changes do I need to make during treatment or recovery?
  8. Do I need to make any other lifestyle changes?
  9. Do I have anemia or any other complications?
  10. How can those complications be treated?

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Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on October 18, 2012

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