A 41-year-old member asked:
What exactly will dialysis do?
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Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Clean blood: Dialysis removes waste products from the blood and extra fluids to replace the function of the kidneys and prolong life. Without it death is usually eminent in a few months more or less. The quality of life on dialysis is less than that with functioning kidneys due to substantial fatigue and other medical problems and medications.
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Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 45 years experience
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Nephrology and Dialysis 31 years experience
Kidneys underperform: The kidneys do several tasks. Dialysis is necessary when one or more of the following occur, that can't be remedied or palliated with medications:
1. Insufficient clearance of daily toxins in food and metabolic waste
2. Insufficient clearance of excess water
3. Dangerous electrolyte imbalance, including hyperkalemia and acidosis.
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Last updated Jun 29, 2017
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