My father-in-law was biopsied and found his system was attacking his kidneys and had 6% kidney function, went on dialysis for 3 weeks to see if kidneys would kick start. He did intravenous steroid drip for 3 days & continued steroid pill and still is taking it. The MD at skilled care gave him the choice to continue steroids to feel alert/appetite. He was told dialysis did not improve health and no kidney function. He stopped dialysis on 12/30/2016 and was told he had up to 2 weeks to live. He had no urine output. On 01/05/2017 he started to have abdominal, back & leg edema, if pressure was placed, fluid would seep through the skin. On 01/06/17 he voided clear. He has a great appetite and has BM’s approx every 3 days. Since fluid retention is not getting worse and with releasing toxins, is he improving due to the steroids he is still taking? Should we be contacting his Nephrologist?

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  Your father-in-law will need to consult with a nephrologist to see if he is having return of kidney function or if there is still a problem that the steroids did not address.  Blood and urine testing of his kidney function will be necessary to answer your question.

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