DaVita.com Kidney Education http://www.davita.com DaVita provides a complete range of dialysis treatments and support services for patients living with chronic kidney failure, also known as end stage renal disease, or ESRD. What happens if someone stops dialysis? http://www.davita.com/dialysis/treatment/what-happens-if-someone-stops-dialysis?/a/1521

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Every person with end stage renal disease (ESRD) has the right to stop or not start dialysis. Without dialysis or a kidney transplant, once a patient reaches complete kidney failure life can usually be maintained for anywhere from a few days to several weeks. For the patient, the decision not to dialyze should be an informed and voluntary choice. For family and friends of the person with kidney failure, the decision not to have treatment may be difficult to understand. However, with advance planning, patients can spend their last days how and where they choose.