A 34-year-old member asked:
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why do some people pass out while on a dialysis machine?

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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Low Blood Pressure: Unfortunately, dialysis is an exchange of blood between the patient and the hemodialysis machine. At certain times, too much blood can be taken from a patient that leads to an acute drop in blood pressure. This decrease in blood pressure likely leads to some people passing out while on the hemo-dilaysis machine.
Answered on Jan 1, 2016
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Dr. Jerry Light
35 years experience Vascular Surgery
Low blood pressure: The most common cause is probably low blood pressure during treatment. Another cause could be low blood sugar, especially in diabetics.
Answered on Jun 9, 2017

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