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Conservative Medical Treatment


For some patients dialysis may not improve the quality of their life significantly-often because of serious health problems other than kidney failure.

Some people may therefore decide NOT to have dialysis. It is important to discuss this with your doctor and loved ones.

The healthcare team will provide support to you and your loved ones while you try to make that decision. Sometimes it may not be clear whether the benefits outweigh the burden of the dialysis, in this case you could start dialysis for a trial period and decide after that period.

Not having dialysis will lead to death at some point in time.

This varies from person to person. Patients with kidney failure needing dialysis may live for one day or several weeks or months without dialysis, depending on their overall medical condition and the amount of kidney function they have left.

Your healthcare team will work with you to treat your symptoms.

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Symptoms you might experience are:

  • Tiredness and drowsiness are major symptoms. Feeling sick and being sick can be a problem later on, but this can usually be controlled by diet and by medicines if necessary.
  • Fluid build up is another common problem, which can usually be controlled with medication and restriction of salt intake.