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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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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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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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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more