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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Overview)

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 wastes are removed here.


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What is dialysis?

What is dialysis?

Kidney failure treat: Kidneys are vital to keep the body in a stable condition, removing waste products, keeping water and electrolytes within very narrow range required for normal function of all the organs. With kidney failure this can be done by dialysis either hemodialysis where blood is filtered through an external machine or using the lining od the abdomen (peritoneal membrane) as a filtering mechanism. ...Read more

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Overview)

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 wastes are removed here.


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How is dialysis performed?

Dialysis: Dialysis can be done through the blood (hemodialysis) or through the abdomen (peritoneal dialysis). Hemodialysis involves passing the blood across and filter to purify it / remove toxins and remove water. Peritoneal dialysis takes advantage of the membrane within the abdomen to act as a filter. In either case toxins are removed from the blood stream. ...Read more

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Managing Kidney Dialysis (Tip)

Managing Kidney Dialysis

Sherbet is a delicious treat and appropriate for a dialysis patient. ...See more

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How long does it take to know if dialysis is really working?

How long does it take to know if dialysis is really working?

Blood tests: Your blood tests will start to normalize and symptoms such as fatigue, itching will start o get better. ...Read more

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Is there a healthy alternative to dialysis?

Is there a healthy alternative to dialysis?

No: Dialysis or kidney transplant are the only options when kidneys are not functional. ...Read more

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Kidney failure (Tip)

Kidney failure

Focus not on being tied to dialysis or drugs but on each day of life you can now enjoy. ...See more

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How long can a person live on dialysis?

How long can a person live on dialysis?

For Years: People can survive for years on dialysis while they wait for a kidney transplant. ...Read more

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Kidney failure (Tip)

Kidney failure

Home dialysis is far more flexible and user-friendly than in-center dialysis. Ask your nephrologist. ...See more

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Is it possible to have too much dialysis? Can some one die from too much?

No: The dose of dialysis as commonly provided three times a week is the minimal required to maintain some balance and adding treatments helps in several ways. On the other hand if too much fluid is removed it can cause excessive drops in blood pressure and severe cramps. ...Read more

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