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kidney failure

My father is in intensive care on dialysis... the doctor said his kidneys are running at 19 percent and they are at 4... what does the 4 mean? He also says my father will have to be on dialysis three days a week for the rest of his life, and my father has already said he won't do that.... how long does he have if he opts out of dialysis?
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Hi Kristlemarie

Hope this information helps.

http://www.davita.com/kidney-disease/the-basics/a/92

Stages of chronic kidney disease Stage Description GFR Level
Normal kidney function Healthy kidneys 90 mL/min or more
Stage 1 Kidney damage with normal or high GFR 90 mL/min or more
Stage 2 Kidney damage and mild decrease in GFR 60 to 89 mL/min
Stage 3 Moderate decrease in GFR 30 to 59 mL/min
Stage 4 Severe decrease in GFR 15 to 29 mL/min
Stage 5 Kidney failure Less than 15 mL/min or on dialysis
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