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Is there a way to avoid dialysis when your nephrologist orders you to have it?

Is there a way to avoid dialysis when your nephrologist orders you to have it?

Avoiding dialysis: When to start dialysis is sometimes an easy decision, and sometimes more difficult. If your nephrologist sees a need then there is a good chance there really is one, but there can be differences between nephrologists as to absolute need for dialysis in cases where the lab or clinical data are not clear cut. Tthere are many risks, benefits and alternatives to discuss, so a second opinion may help. ...Read more

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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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Tubular acidosis question. Gfr improves consistently with b12 shot and bicarbonates (sodium bicarbonate). Nephrologists refer dialysis but crt 2.6 to 1.5 with bicarb. !?

Tubular acidosis question. Gfr improves  consistently with b12 shot and bicarbonates (sodium bicarbonate). Nephrologists refer dialysis but crt 2.6 to 1.5 with bicarb. !?

Here are some...: Glad to see her acidosis has been improved from taking sodium bicarbonate. Known to us, dialysis is designed for fluid overload and/or electrolyte and acid-alkaline imbalance. Do nephrologists recommend dailysis now or refer for pre-dialysis assessment? So, ask her doctors for specifics and relevance for renal tubular acidosis, dialysis, etc. because online 400-letter does not suffice to address.. ...Read more

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Why would nephrologist recommend catheter dialysis to my 90 yr old grandmother? Demented, barely ambulatory and 16% function.

Why would nephrologist recommend catheter dialysis to my 90 yr old grandmother? Demented, barely ambulatory and 16% function.

Catheter dialysis: I assume you are referring to peritoneal dialysis, using a catheter in her abdomen. This decision brings the family to a discussion of life goals. Extending her life with dialysis may not be the consensus decision. Hemodialysis is harsh for everyone, especially so for the frail elderly and was never intended for frail elderly. Peritoneal dialysis is gentle. At 16% function, she does not require D. ...Read more

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I have membranous nephropathy and i see a nephrologist. Can the disease ever go away or am i most certain to eventually be on dialysis someday. Thanks?

I have membranous nephropathy and i see a nephrologist. Can the disease ever go away or am i most certain to eventually be on dialysis someday. Thanks?

Membranous GN: Membranous glomerulonephritis can remit in 25% of people, can partially remit and remain stable in 50% of people, and will progress in 25% of people. Effective therapy can make a difference. Therapies include Prograf, Cytoxan, (cyclophosphamide) Chlorambucil, Prednisone, ACE Inhibitors, and angiotensin receptor blockers. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: nephrology and dialysis?

What is the definition or description of: nephrology and dialysis?

Study of the kidney.: Nephrology is the study of the kidney: its structure, its function, and its diseases. The kidney is an incredibly complex organ that participates in a large number of essential bodily functions. Nephrologists are fellowship trained after completing an internal medicine residency, and they are experts in non-surgical treatment of the kidneys and renal function. ...Read more

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What is a nephrologist?

What is a nephrologist?

Kidney physician: Nephrologist is a physician who specializes in problems with kidney function and how the kidneys and their function or lack thereof affects the rest of the persons health. They may also be involved in the use of dialysis and kidney transplants as part of their treatment regimen. ...Read more

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What does a nephrologist do?

A kidney specialist: Nephrologists take care of patients with kidney problems. These include acute kidney injury, chronic kidney diseases, kidney stones, high blood pressure, glomerulonephritis (inflammation of kidney tissue), and kidney failure. ...Read more

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What are the things a nephrologist does?

Kidneys plus: Nephrologists specialize in the kidneys, but kidney function is important for other body functions. Nephrologists also deal with bones, anemia and other complications of kidney disease, especially in patients who require dialysis. ...Read more

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How frequently do I need to see my nephrologist?

How frequently do I need to see my nephrologist?

Depends: If you have mild kidney disease, then you probably need to see the nephrologist 2 to 3 times a year. However if you have more advanced renal impairment that requires multiple medications and frequent checking of your labs, they you may need to see that doctor 4 to 6 times a year. ...Read more

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