Elderly 'more likely to die with kidney disease than from it'

Competing causes of death should be considered in discussions on future kidney failure options, researchers say

Most people over 65 with severe chronic kidney disease are more likely to die from something else, Australian research shows.


This suggests that dialysis, kidney replacement or specialist referral may be unnecessary in many cases for those with stage 4 chronic kidney disease (CKD), says the study's lead author, nephrologist Professor Matthew Jose.

The study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, used linked pathology data to follow up almost 7000 Tasmanians with two recorded eGFR values of between 15mL/min/1.73m2