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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more


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What to do if i know radiation and chemotherapy are mainly for cancer but what is dialysis for?

Kidney failure: Dialysis replaces the function of the kidneys to filter byproducts out of your blood to create urine and avoid buildup of impurities in the blood. ...Read more

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I a on dialysis and get back pain at night when I sleep?

I a on dialysis and get back pain at night when I sleep?

Multiple causes: You could have osteomalacia (vitamin d deficiency) that can cause bone pain. There is also risk of osteoporotic compression fracture of the spine. Commonest would be mechanical pain related to muscles and ligaments of the spine. Rare causes include spinal tumors. A good history, exam and some simple tests should establish diagnosis and guide treatment. Discuss with your nephrologist or pcp. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many chemo drugs can you get at once?

Can you let me know how many chemo drugs can you get at once?

It depends: Chemotherapy program can be as simple as a single drug. Common combinations have two drug. There are some complicated combinations that has 6 drugs that alternate in a schedule. It really depends on the type of cancer. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get a chemo port installed?

Please tell me how long it takes for to get a chemo port installed?

Outpatient: It is a small outpatient procedure, with actual procedure not taking more that 30 minutes. ...Read more

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Why do you get cold during dialysis?

Why do you get cold during dialysis?

Out of body: The blood flows in tubes out of the body (~150ml), losing heat during it's path from and back to the body. ...Read more

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What causes ur numbers to be low during chemo and how can u get ur numbers up?

What causes ur numbers to be low during chemo and how can u get ur numbers up?

Cytotoxic: Chemotherapy will kill dividing cells - - cancer/lymphoma/leukemia count here, and why we use it, but bone marrow cells that make white cells and platelets are also bystanders effected. They naturally return in due time. There are "growth factors" that are very expensive that can accelerate rebound of marrow. ...Read more

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When do people need to get dialysis?

When do people need to get dialysis?

When kidneys fail: Dialysis is started when the function of the kidneys is inadequate to remove the metabolic byproducts of metabolism. In practice this is usually determined by measuring gfr. Most people have to start dialysis when GFR drops to 10-15 though it may have to be started higher or lower than that. ...Read more

Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

The term chemotherapy typically is used to describe using chemicals to treat ...Read more