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Dialysis Versus Conservative Care in the Elderly: Making a Choice

  • Aine BurnsEmail author
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Abstract

The aging process results in marked alterations in the kidneys, impairing their ability to maintain homeostasis, adapt to changing local environments and recover from injury. These changes are both anatomical and functional and have been considered the cause of the increased propensity of the elderly to acute or chronic renal failure that may be accelerated and/or accentuated by diseases such as diabetes mellitus and hypertension.

Keywords

Older Elderly Chronic Kidney Disease Dialysis Conservative Care Renal Supportive Care 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Centre for NephrologyUniversity College London, Royal Free NHS Foundation TrustLondonUK

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