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?
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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