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I am a 42 yr old male, will going on peritoneal dialysis because of kidney failure affect my sex drive?

I am a 42 yr old male, will going on peritoneal dialysis because of kidney failure affect my sex drive?

Probably: Unfortunately people with kidney failure almost universally complain of decreased sex drive and problems with erections. This is not as much due to dialysis, but the renal failure itself. Be open and honest with your doctor so they can help you through this. If they cannot, see a urologist or family medicine specialists who is used to helping people with this. ...Read more

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Dr. Raj Singh
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Peritoneal Dialysis (Definition)

One of the options for treatment of end stage kidney disease, the other options are hemodialysis and kidney transplantation. In peritoneal dialysis a tube is placed surgically in the belly. One end is in the peritoneal cavity and the other end is outside. Dialysis fluid is placed in the peritoneal cavity through the tube. The peritoneum acts as a filter, and drained ...Read more


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I've been on peritoneal dialysis for two years. I'm now noticing that i'm urinating s lot less than before. Should this be a cause of concern, ?

I've been on peritoneal dialysis for two years. I'm now noticing that i'm urinating s lot less than before. Should this be a cause of concern, ?

Loss of urine: This is average, actually, for a person on peritoneal dialysis. Over about 5-8 months, a person receiving hemodialysis loses urine production. A person receiving peritoneal dialysis typically retains urine flow for 1-2 years, sometimes longer. Loss of urine flow diminishes native kidney clearances, so your diet will have to be stricter and your nurse/doctor may have to raise dialysis bags/day. ...Read more

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Do I need to be very careful in catheter care during peritoneal dialysis?

Do I need to be very careful in catheter care during peritoneal dialysis?

Definitely: Infection tracking to the inside of the abdomen is not only very painful but will limit the life of the procedure. A resistant infection could lead to removing the tube and just using hemodialysis procedure instead. ...Read more

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When can I expect my peritoneal dialysis catheter be removed?

When can I expect my peritoneal dialysis catheter be removed?

When infection occur: Peritoneal catheter can serve for long years unless a resistant infection develops or open abdominal surgery is needed. ...Read more

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Is it normal for people undergoing peritoneal dialysis(pd) to have dizzy spells?

No: I agree with dr. Raj singh. Peritoneal dialysis is less likely compared to hemodialysis to cause dizziness from low blood pressure. A full evaluation of your dizziness would also include blood work to assess your body content of minerals and electrolytes in order to ensure that your peritoneal dialysis treatments are not causing imbalance. ...Read more

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Is it common for people undergoing peritoneal dialysis (pd) to have dizzy spells?

Not common: While it is common for patients on hemodialysis to get low BP and dizziness during treatments, it really shouldn't happen during pd unless you are removing the fluid too fast. Discuss with your nephrologist. ...Read more

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Will my stomach swell if i'm on peritoneal dialysis depending on how many liters I am using?

Usually not: In pd the volume of fluid during each exchange is 2 liters and most patients are comfortable with that. We may use 1.5 l exchanges if someone feels swollen and doing pd in lying pistion sometimes help. ...Read more

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What are the chances of, if at all, resuming peritoneal dialysis after having a laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

What are the chances of, if at all, resuming peritoneal dialysis after having a laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

Safe to resume!: It is common practice to hold PD post op for a day or so (if no urgency with normal potassium, no fluid overload, etc exist), then start low volume exchanges (0.5-1L) , 3-4 times daily and then go back to high volume regular exchange regimen in 72 hrs or so. ...Read more

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I have recently started peritoneal dialysis, and since then i've had my period 2 or 3 times a month, is this normal?

I have recently started peritoneal dialysis, and since then i've had my period 2 or 3 times a month, is this normal?

No: Dialysis is enough of a stress to throw your cycles off. You are probably not ovulating so your body doesn't get the normal messages when to bleed and when not to. If this continues, you need to talk to your doctor about it and get it in control. ...Read more

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I am 31 on peritoneal dialysis am on 30 mg of prednisone but am getting to much fluid retention i shud i taper?

Fluid retention: Discuss this with your physician at the first opportunity. The physician knows all the facts about you and can make a proper decision for you. ...Read more

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Where do I go to get a peritoneal dialysis done?

Often at home: This procedure is typically done by the patient having kidney diseases who are appropriate for this type of dialysis. Once determined appropriate by the kidney doc and the patient, he/she is trained in performing this daily procedure at home.... Check with your doc..Especially the kidney doc.. ...Read more

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What should I do if there is a flow problem with my peritoneal dialysis?

PD Nurse: If there is a flow problem, always call your peritoneal dialysis nurse. She will advise you on what to do next. If there is a flow problem, its usuallly means that your pd catheter is clotted. Therefore you will need an anti-coagulation solution to be drained though your pd catheter to destory the clot. This solution can be provided by your pd nurse. ...Read more

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Will I have to get poked with a needle when I get a peritoneal dialysis?

Not for the dialysis: No needle sticks are needed to do the peritoneal dialysis procedure. But routine blood tests, which require a needle stick each time they are done, are performed at least once a month. These tests monitor the effectiveness of the treatment and monitor the associated problems (like anemia, hormone and electrolyte problems) related to the renal failure that has caused the need for dialysis. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference between hemodialysis & peritoneal dialysis?

Please help! what is the difference between hemodialysis & peritoneal dialysis?

Different filters!: Both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis remove toxins and excess fluid in kidney failure. In hemodialysis, blood runs out of the body through IV tubing, and into a machine - where it's filtered before returning to the body. In peritoneal dialysis, dialysis fluid is introduced into the abdomen, where it interfaces with blood by way of the peritoneal membrane. Read 'help! i need dialysis' by agar. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can protect the catheter site during peritoneal dialysis?

Yes: Keep it covered and without tension on the exit site, and use a antibacterial cream recommended by your nephrologist.Contact your nurse if you notice any redness or discharge. ...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


Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more