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Doctor insights on: Effects Of Inadequate Dialysis

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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 are the physical effects of stopping dialysis?

What are the physical effects of stopping dialysis?

Multiple things: You can become uremic leading to pericarditis, nauseas/vomiting, altered mental status, and comatose. Also you can and likely will become hyperkalemia (increase in your potassium) and if this persist you will die from a cardiac arrthymia. Also you will have itching from increased phosphate. It's best not to missed dialysis. ...Read more

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What are the negative effects of dialysis access surgery?

What are the negative effects of dialysis access surgery?

Dialysis Access: You may be preparing for kidney dialysis by getting a "fistula"- a surgically created connection between an artery and vein. You may be having a peritoneal access port placed in your abdomen. Or you may be having both! All surgeries carry risks of infection, bleeding, damage to tissue, and allergic reaction. But starting dialysis with a central IV line carries risks, too. We say, "Fistula first!" ...Read more

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What are the effects of someone on dialysis drinking soft drinks without sugar?

Excess fluid: It is not the sugar, unless the person is also a diabetic, but the amount of fluid. Those on dialysis are restricted fluid intake. There are other dietary restrictions. ...Read more

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Which dialysis products can cause side effects such as heart attacks?

Which dialysis products can cause side effects such as heart attacks?

Disease not Rx: It's easy to confuse the disease with the treatment: renal failure, even on dialysis, accelerates atherosclerosis, the underlying cause of heart attacks. It's the renal failure, not the dialysis that is the culprit. ...Read more

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What dialysis products can cause side effects, such as a heart attack?

What dialysis products can cause side effects, such as a heart attack?

Here are some...: Heart attack results from depriving blood supply to coronary arteries, which may be chronic from hereditary and lifestyle as underlying factors or acute from the conditions like low BP, clot-inducing blockage like that in AF, etc. as precipitating factors. In reality, most of patients requiring dialysis have severe underlying factors, which could not be corrected. Based on these understanding, ask ...Read more

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Is there anything I should be doing right now to assist me in preparation for dialysis when the time comes? (the do's and don't s ). Thank you.

Is there anything I should be doing right now to assist me in preparation for dialysis when the time comes? (the do's and don't s ). Thank you.

Yes: If you have renal insufficiency ("pre-dialysis" kidney disease) you should consider getting a fistula placed. Since you have some klidney function you are a better surgical candidate, will heal better, and can get a native vein fistula (the best kind). Don't wait until you start dialysis because you may need a catheter (which is not good). ...Read more

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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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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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What exactly will dialysis do?

Clean blood: Dialysis removes waste products from the blood and extra fluids to replace the function of the kidneys and prolong life. Without it death is usually eminent in a few months more or less. The quality of life on dialysis is less than that with functioning kidneys due to substantial fatigue and other medical problems and medications. ...Read more

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