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With an av shunt for dialysis, will I still hear the bruit?

With an av shunt for dialysis, will I still hear the bruit?

No: The bruit is usually heard with a stethoscope by your physician. You may however feel the "thrill" of the fistula, which is similar to a cat purring. ...Read more

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Device that allows the flow of usually a fluid between two places. Sometimes a shunt may be used during carotid endarterectomy surgery to maintain the blood flow to the brain while the carotid artery ...Read more


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Are you more likely to be depressed after having an av shunt put in?

Yes: Situational depression is common in patients recently diagnosed with life changing/threatening diseases such as renal failure or severe kidney disease. However please remember many patients continue with fulfilling lives while on dialysis. ...Read more

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Av fistula, av graft, subclavian or femoral catheter, av shunt permanent or temporary, which is better?

Av fistula, av graft, subclavian or femoral catheter, av shunt permanent or temporary, which is better?

AV fistula: Countless studies and decades of research have shown a clear advantage for patients who undergo hemodialysis through an av fistula. The second best is an av graft and all catheter-based modalities for hemodialysis are a distant third. ...Read more

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I am a hemodialysis patient with av fistula and i lift 5-10 pds of weights which my nephro agrees, can I take amino acid and creatinine to gain mass?

I am a hemodialysis patient with av fistula and i lift 5-10  pds of weights which my nephro agrees, can I take amino acid and creatinine to gain mass?

Hemodialysis: You sound like you are in excellent shape. I have seen the lab value for creatinine rise a bit in some patients, not on hemodialysis. This does not mean the kidney function was diminished; the body just had a higher creatinine intake. Especially being on hemodialysis, you should be able to take both supplements. Let your nephrologist know, in case any routine labs change over time. ...Read more

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What occurs when someone undergoes hemodialysis?

What occurs when someone undergoes hemodialysis?

See below: Hemo means blood, it is an artificial way of removing waste from the body, there is a artificial membrane/filter which allows the blood from your body to run against a special water solution and waste and excess electrolytes moves across to the water and is eliminated. It takes 3-4 hours 3 times a week in the centers to carry this out. ...Read more

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What's needle infiltration in hemodialysis?

What's needle infiltration in hemodialysis?

See below: The needle which is inserted into the blood vessel to obtain blood from the vein is inadvertently placed into the tissue surrounding the vein and some blood spills out. ...Read more

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Docs, could a patient under hemodialysis become fat?

Docs, could a patient under hemodialysis become fat?

Dialysis isn't diet: Hemodialysis is to replace the poor function of your kidneys and will remove excess water that your kidneys may not clear and can cause swelling and lung fluid. This can reduce your "water weight" but has nothing to do with fat metabolism. That depends upon your diet and activity level. Anyone eating the wrong foods and/or taking too many calories with low energy expenditure can gain far weight. ...Read more

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How long does a hemodialysis treatment typically take?

How long does a hemodialysis treatment typically take?

Dialysis time: The time or takes for hemodialysis depends on how large you are, how much fluid needs to be removed, the quality of the access you have, and the type of dialysis filter and machine set up. Usually the time needed for a reatment runs between 3 and 4 1/2 hours.3 times per week. Home dialysis is gentler and done more often. ...Read more

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