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Is it normal to get fevers or chills when i'm on dialysis?

Is it normal to get fevers or chills when i'm on dialysis?

No: It is not normal to get fevers and chills during dialysis. Especially in dialysis patients you should be worried about an infection. This could be of a dialysis catheter, av graft, or any of the other common causes of infection. We usually start with a good patient history and physical exam. We also obtain blood cultures. ...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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My dad blood work indicates he has Gram negative bacteria and is on Dialysis he won't eat chills and slight fever. I can't convince him to go to ER. ?

My dad blood work indicates he has Gram negative bacteria and is on Dialysis he won't eat chills and slight fever.  I can't convince him to go to ER. ?

Here are some...: His willingness to accept dialysis indicates he has a will to live. So, it is reasonable to work with the nephrologist in charge of dialysis, who should be able to convince him for evaluation. To help proceed with How to Handle Sickness and Life reality, go to articles listed in http://formefirst.com/onDealSickness.html and http://formefirst.com/onLifeBasics.html. More? Contact me & I can help. ...Read more

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Can dialysis lead to sicknesses? Such as something similar to a cold, flu, etc.

Can dialysis lead to sicknesses? Such as something similar to a cold, flu, etc.

Cause or treat: Dialysis removes toxins and balances electrolytes and fluids which is used when kidneys fail. Dialysis can lower immunity and loss of proteins which can make someone prone to infections. ...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?

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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Recreational dialysis, is there such thing?

?vacation dialysis: I think you might be referring to dialysis performed when patients receiving dialysis go away on vacation. Temporary dialysis can be arranged at centers all over the United States and still paid for by insurance. It has to be arranged well in advance and medical information shared to the temporary dialysis unit. It allows for a more normal lifestyle for patients, especially for family visits. ...Read more

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Does dialysis cause dehydration?

Does dialysis cause dehydration?

It can: Dialysis serves two functions. One is to remove some of the toxins in the blood that are no longer able to be removed by the kidneys due to kidney failure. The other is to remove fluid that has accumulated due to the diseased kidneys. If the dialysis prescription is incorrect in relation to the patient's "optimal" or dry weight, too much fluid can be removed and the person can become dehydrated. ...Read more

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Can you skip dialysis for a week?

Not a good Idea: This is really not a wise choice. While you are likely to survive if you limit you water intake and severely modify your diet, this is a high risk activity. Before you even consider this, talk with your dialysis doctor and explain what is really happening with you to cause you to consider skipping dialysis. ...Read more

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How can a dialysis machine work?

Filter, toxins: Dialysis does the work of kidney- removing fluids andtoxins. Blood from the patient flows on one side of the chamber and the dialysate solution which contains the optimal concentration of electrolytes on other side of the chamber. Electrolytes move along the concentration gradient, so toxins which are high in the blood, goes to the dialysate solution. ...Read more

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What exacly is a shunt for dialysis?

Fistula: It is a sort of connection between artery and vein either using own blood vessels or with synthetic graft. This site is the access for hemodialysis. ...Read more

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How can I overcome dialysis washout?

How can I overcome dialysis washout?

More time, or CAPD: Patients on night time dialysis (usually 8 hour treatements) report this less often, patients with home peritoneal dialysis also usually feel better. Transplantion will fix this, consider home hemodialysis also. ...Read more

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What is a dialysis machine based on?

Countercurrent flow: The dialysis machine is based on pumps that move blood through the artificial kidney (a filter) while making dialysate (a mixture of water and chemicals) to move the opposite direction through that filter. The blood and dialysate are separated by a semipermeable membrane in the filter. By moving in opposite directions, the waste products in the blood tend to go into the dialysate cleaning the body. ...Read more

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If you skip dialysis are there risks?

Yes: From something as simple as being a bit tired to more serious complications of excessive fluids and difficulty breathing as well as accumulation of waste products that can lead to some really serious medical complications. Skipping dialysis is simply put, not a real wise choice. Please, please, please discuss this with your doctor and get all of the facts. ...Read more

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Can dialysis patients have a massage?

Yes: Take care not to compress your fistula access while lying down. Catheter exit sites need to remain covered. If a pd access, keep your exit site covered with gauze. ...Read more

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Creatinine 2.3 is the sign of dialysis?

Creatinine 2.3 is the sign of dialysis?

Start of dialysis: Your question is difficult to answer without knowing the age, weight, sex and race of the patient in question. The creatinine level is rarely the only indication for starting dialysis. Factors such as high potassium, nausea, vomiting, increased sleep during the day time and itching are more commonly used indicators. Ask your doctor, or go to a nephrologist to get more information. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it possible 2 avoid dialysis in ckd?

Avoid dialysis: Yes, it is possible to avoid dialysis in stage 2 kidney, but it is not guaranteed. You need to be under the care of a nephrologist to find out what caused your ckd in the first place. Was it due to poorly treated hypertension and/or diabetes? Was it due to some disease of the disease of the kidney's glomeruli? Find a good nephrologist to increase your chances of not having your ckd progress. ...Read more

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Should I have a baby and go on dialysis?

Should I have a baby and go on dialysis?

Ask your doctor: I have cared for women who have had children while having severe renal disease. The key is working very closely with your doctor and paying careful attention to your medical treatment. ...Read more

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How do you know a diabetic needs dialysis?

How do you know a diabetic needs dialysis?

Kidney tests.: Usually it takes years of kidney damage from diabetes before you need dialysis. If you're diabetic, you should be getting kidney function and urine tests at minimum yearly, and these will tell us how well your kidneys are working and if you're heading toward dialysis. Your kidneys may be getting worse and without the tests, you might have no idea, so good f/u with your doc is key. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more