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Hiccups In Dialysis Patients
Don't Really Know: Have spent a bunch of time researching your question and can find no good answer. It is reported to improve renal function in some patients and there are many testimonials to its benefits. However, the peer reviewed medical literature is a bit sparse on the subject. Before doing anything, I would strongly recommend you talk with your kidney doctor. ...Read more
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
No: Epsom salt is Magnesium Sulfate and ingesting excess magnesium while on dialysis is not a real good idea. I strongly urge you to talk with your doctor about this question. He/she can give you more detailed information and advice. ...Read more
Cleansing of blood: Dialysis is the cleansing of the blood through an artificial membrane. It replaces some of the physiologic functions of a normal kidney but is generally inferior to a functioning kidney. One of the functions of the kidney is to produce a hormone that stimulates blood produciton. When kidney function is impaired, this hormone production is diminished, resulting in anemia. ...Read more
Not on the internet: Never if not prescribed by a professional that is treating the problem and knows the exact history, physical exam, and current medication list. ...Read more
Depends: It depends if the medications are renally excreted and if they are dialyzable. If they are renally excreted and not dialyzable then they hang around in the body for a long time and have no way of being removed. If they are not renally excreted then the patient shouldn't have any problem with the medication. ...Read more
P-obstruct. Diuresis: In majority, functional recovery in usually seen in the first week to ten days after obstruction is relieved. If severe renal failure is present, dialysis may be indicated, even after complete resolution of the obstruction. Dialysis may be required for a few weeks. In these cases complete functional improvement may not take place. ...Read more
Steroids: Patients on dialysis can have low testosterone, especially if they have diabetes. Those patients may be prescribed testosterone (an anabolic steroid) or even growth hormone to increase muscle mass or a sense of well-being. Other times patients on dialysis may have an inflammatory condition (asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, etc.) or a kidney transplant and require Prednisone (corticisteroid). ...Read more
No. ...: Occasionally an individual may only need dialysis a short time to get her through a health crisis, but if you have been on dialysis for two years you will need this type of kidney treatment for the rest of your life. Your doctors have many suggestions for you about how to maximize the benefits of dialysis. Kidney transplant, as you no doubt know, is also a treatment for end stage renal disease. Peace ...Read more
Why does the skin of a dialysis patient turn dark and sort of scaly after numerous sessions? Can they take something to prevent it?
Dark skin: The darkening of the skin from dialysis is thought to be due to chemicals that build up in the skin from kidney insufficiency. There isn't much to do for it except to stay out of the sun. ...Read more
If the patient who is suffering from septic shock gets worse after an attempt of dialysis, what are other options available to be considered?
Consult intensivist: This issue is too complicated to be addressed in this forum. You would do well to consult with a specialist in intensive care. ...Read more
I am a peritoneal dialysis patient and my phosphorus levels have been running high these last few months. I started getting these sores on my back.?
Dialysis skin sores: Check with your dialysis team. Many need longer dialysis time. ...Read more
Clean & Squeeze: Dialysis is both about cleaning (dialysis) the blood of toxins and squeezing (ultra-filtering) excess fluid out. Both functions are done constantly in patients with normal function. Missing a session puts you 4-5 days between treatments and at risk for electrolyte and/or fluid retention problems. ...Read more
Increased pigment: Kidney failure often causes increased pigmentation similar to tanning. The mechanism may be related to molecules and toxins that build up and are incompletely removed by dialysis. The pigmentation usually causes no problems. There can also be small deposits of calcium in skin, itching, sores from scratching and other skin problems in dialysis patients that can cause more severe symptoms. ...Read more
Here are some...: You will get most pertinent answer for this Q from the treating nephrologist who oversees dialysis, since this doc possesses more clinically relevant information about you. Of course, you may take it once for a while, not on regular basis like those in "normal" health. So, ask the right doc for timely right answer. Best wish... ...Read more
When an artery is connected to a vein, the vein walls thicken and become muscular (due to the new high arterial pressure).
This makes finding the vein easier. More importantly, the large bore needles can be removed and pressure held, with clot forming in the muscular walls, to stop the bleeding. If the veins weren't muscular, putting the needle in and taking it out safely, aren't possible. ...Read more
A very long time: Since medical care has improved over the past three decades people can live a very long time on dialysis. There is also a possibility that the patient will be a candidate for a kidney transplant. Lupus symptoms often but not always go into remission when patients go on dialysis. ...Read more
Call your: Dr..... Withour more detail I an not provide more, however with what you did provide I would suggest you call your dr or be seen in an ed. ...Read more
Clean & Squeeze:
Dialysis is both about cleaning (dialysis) the blood of toxins and squeezing (ultra-filtering) excess fluid out. Both functions are done constantly in patients with normal function.
If too much fluid is removed. Patients can feel dizzy at the end of treatment. During the treatment, the blood pressure will drop, alerting the staff to decrease fluid removal. ...Read more
See below: Not clear on your question. Patients can live decades on dialysis. Usually depends on one's age and other illnesses. ...Read more
Dialysis: It is best to ask your Nephrologist this question, as they know what is right and needed for you and your situation. ...Read more
See the nutritionist: People on dialysis do have some dietary considerations, although you will have more freedom in your diet if you are on frequent home dialyis! But as a rule, you must watch salt and potassium intake. Phosphorus is often limited in the diet, which can be tricky because it is in so many foods. Many dialysis patients will take a phosphate binder. Do talk with your kidney center dietician! LGromkoMD ...Read more
It's due to the need: Dialysis access grafts or fistulas develop aneurysms due to the repeated injury from being punctured multiple times per week. ...Read more