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Forum Name: Renal Failure

Question: Re: Renal Failure v impairment

 Anonymous - Fri Mar 07, 2003 10:23 pm

Excuse me, what is the definition of renal impairment and what are the differences between renal impairment and renal failure,
Thank you.
 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Fri Mar 07, 2003 10:24 pm

User avatar Dear Doc,

Renal impairment is the inability of the kidney to do its job, this is manifested by many things including increase in some substances that the kidney does not get rid of because it can't. Some of these substances can be and are estimated in blood to evaluate the degree of renal failure.

Sometimes, renal impairment and renal failure are used interchangeably.

Though, renal failure is usually used for patiens who have a progressive renal disease and that the renal functions have gone down by 50 % at least.

There is another term used "End Stage Renal Disease" this is used when the kidneys fail completely and the patient needs dialysis to survive.

Thank you very much for using our website and please don't hesitate to post your questions at any time.

Yasser Mokhtar, M.D.
 Anonymous - Fri Mar 07, 2003 10:24 pm

Thanx for the info,


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