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What is the difference between chronic renal failure and end-stage renal disease?

What is the difference between chronic renal failure and end-stage renal disease?

Stages: Chronic kidney disease can be staged based on creatinine clearance in 5 stages. End stage usually designates stage 5 of chronic kidney disease. ...Read more

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Hyperkalemia (Definition)

Hyperkalemia in an elevated potassium level in the blood. It can be mild to severe. The most common causes are kidney disease, Addison's disease, dehydration, and multiple drug therapies. It can occur in crush injuries and rhabdomyolysis (rapid breakdown of muscle) or hemolysis (breakdown of blood cells). Severe hyperkalemia can be fatal and cause the heart to stop beating or become very slow. It is usually treated by resin exchange agents (Kayexalate or others) or dialysis and fluids. Sometimes glucose, Insulin and sodium bicarbonate can be utilized as ...Read more


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Can you tell me diet for end stage renal disease patients?

Can you tell me diet for end stage renal disease patients?

Dialysis diet: The answer to your question is too long for this space. Go to this link and learn about a diet for dialysis patients: http://www.davita.com/kidney-disease/diet-andnutrition/diet-basics/the-hemodialysis-diet/e/5314. It is best to ask the dietician at a dialysis center what diet should be followed, as diabetic patients' diets are different from those that are not diabetic. Good luck. ...Read more

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What kind of diet is good for end stage renal disease patients?

What kind of diet is good for end stage renal disease patients?

Dialysis diet: The answer to your question is too long for the space allotted here. Go to this link for the answer you are seeking: http://www.davita.com/kidney-disease/diet-andnutrition/diet-basics/the-hemodialysis-diet/e/5314 If the patient is already on dialysis, have the patient ask the dietician at the patient's dialysis for a diet to follow. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a patient to die from end stage renal disease?

Is it possible for a patient to die from end stage renal disease?

It is possible: The kidneys filter blood, removing substances that are harmful to the body, and helping to maintain water and electrolyte balance. Depending on the severity of the kidney disease, some patients need dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive. ...Read more

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Is fluid balance a cardiovascular problem for a patient with end stage renal disease?

Is fluid balance a cardiovascular problem for a patient with end stage renal disease?

Cardiorenal: Think of a pump (or the heart) building pressure against a filter that is very slow and inefficient, the kidneys in our case. For a while, the pump, which is elastic, will adjust by stretching trying to accommodate the extra load, fluid unfiltered by the kidneys. Once that capacity is reached the heart goes in failure, too. The extra fluid is managed with diuretics and eventually dialysis. ...Read more

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Why is the production of erythropoeitin impaired in a patient with renal disease?

Why is the production of erythropoeitin impaired in a patient with renal disease?

Kidneys make it!: Erythropoietin is made by the kidneys. Diseased kidneys make less. Back in the 70's when i was in med school erythropoietin had not been isolated but its' existence was postulated based on the observation that renal patients tended to be anemic. ...Read more

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Why is the manufacturing of erythropoeitin impaired in a patient with chronic renal disease?

Why is the manufacturing of erythropoeitin impaired in a patient with chronic renal disease?

Eruthropoietin: It is secreted by the kidneys, simply. When kidneys fail, all functions are reduced. Industrial production of erythrop works as good as the natural one. ...Read more