My brother-in-law has kidney disease with renal function of 7 percent. He is hesitant about starting dialysis. Can a patient do a trial dialysis in the United States to see if it will help him and stop if it doesn’t work for him. I am very concerned that he seems to be deteriorating quickly. He lives in Texas and is 67 years old with insulin-dependent diabetes. Please let me know what you would recommend. Thank you.

Yes, a person can try dialysis and if it does not suit him, he may elect to stop.  The decision to start dialysis is one that is made between a nephrologist and the patient.  He can choose to do dialysis or he can choose to stop dialysis.

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