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Renal vs. Kidney Failure
September 2000

Q. What is instage renal failure and the difference between instage and kidney failure?

A.The term you are using, "instage renal failure" does not exist in traditional medical terminology. I believe what you mean is end stage renal failure. This term simply means that one is at a very advanced stage of kidney failure that requires dialysis in order to survive.

Hope this clarifies things for you.

References: Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine.

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