A 39-year-old member asked:
does dialysis cause dehydration?
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Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
It can: Dialysis serves two functions. One is to remove some of the toxins in the blood that are no longer able to be removed by the kidneys due to kidney failure. The other is to remove fluid that has accumulated due to the diseased kidneys. If the dialysis prescription is incorrect in relation to the patient's "optimal" or dry weight, too much fluid can be removed and the person can become dehydrated.
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 45 years experience
Dialysis Problems: Because one of the goals in dialysis is to remove water, overly aggressive water removal can cause dehydration. This is a good source for further information: http://www.Kidneyabc.Com/dialysis/1574.Html.
Last updated Dec 20, 2019
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