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Can dialysis patients have a massage?

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

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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For what length of time can someone survive on dialysis?

Dialysis longevity: The question is difficult to answer. The survival time of a patient on dialysis (d) is dependent on the cause of renal failure, the age and other co-morbid diseases of the patient. All dialysis patients have a higher mortality rate than age matched patients without renal failure. Ask your question to the nephrologist (n) taking care of the patient. The n can answer your question better than i. ...Read more

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How long will if take for someone to die after stopping dialysis.?

How long will if take for someone to die after stopping dialysis.?

Stopping HD: It truly depends on several factors. The most important is the patient's residual renal function. The more the kidneys work, the longer it takes for the toxins to build up. Outside of that, there are no set time frames. I have seen patients pass within 2-5 days but I have also seen patients live for longer than 3 weeks. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how much time does someone have to live after dialysis stops?

2-4 weeks: Everyone is different and a lot depends on the underlying residual kidney function. Most patients will not survive more than 2-4 weeks due to cardiac arrhythmia caused by high potassium. ...Read more

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What occurs if someone who doesn't need dialysis goes through the procedure?

What occurs if someone who doesn't need dialysis goes through the procedure?

Filter: Dialysis does the work of kidneys, acts like kidney filter. Removes the extra fluid and wastes, toxins that accumulate in the body. If one goes through the procedure when the kidney function is normal, it will cause electrolyte derangements, which may be life threatening. ...Read more

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What would happen to someone who doesn't need dialysis but goes through it anyways?

Dialysis risks: Dialysis is a high risk procedure that should not be done unless necessary. The risks do not increase of its not needed, but if there is no benefit they are senseless. Complications include blood loss, both rapid and slow, dangerous blood pressure drops, reactions to the fluid or membranes used, and increased risks of infection. While dialysis is generally safe, why risk it if no need? ...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 would the life expectancy for someone on dialysis be?

What would the life expectancy for someone on dialysis be?

Age illnesses matter: Using medicare data for dialysis patients life expectancy...

20yo male on dialysis 15.3years average
40yo male on dialysis 8.4 years average
60yo male on dialysis 4.6 years average
80yo male on dialysis 2.3 years average

Females typically live longer than males. Illnesses and the reason for starting dialysis matter too. Transplant if patient qualifies offers the greatest survival. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why would someone blood clog a dialysis machine?

Flow rate?: Blood may clot in the dialysis circuit if it isn't flowing fast enough. Blood has a tendency to clot if it 'stands still' or slows down enough. The quality of the 'access' (i.e., usually a fistula) may be a factor here. Additionally, the position of the needles within the fistula may also impact the flow rate. And needless to say, a crimped line will result in clotting if not corrected. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy after someone starts dialysis?

What is the life expectancy after someone starts dialysis?

Comorbities: Dialysis keeps people with severe kidney disease from dying of kidney failure. People on dialysis will all die from diseases other than renal failure. Life expectancy is typically related to how healthy the person is other than their kidney disease. I have patients that have lived more than 25 years on dialysis. The key is limiting cardiovascular risk and following the teams instructions. ...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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How old is to old for dialysis?

How old is to old for dialysis?

Depends: Age itself is just a number. What is more important is how likely is dialysis going to improve the patient's quality of life. If a patient has a terminal illness or multi-organ failure, some kidney doctors will not recommend dialysis. ...Read more

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Can I have children on dialysis?

Less likely: Fertility is significantly decreased in patients on dialysis, but it is still possible to have children. If you become pregnant, however, your likelihood of a successful pregnancy are much lower. If it is not your intention to become pregnant, make sure that you are using some form of birth control. ...Read more

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What exactly does dialysis mean?

Filter: Dialysis does the work of kidneys, acts like kidney filter. Removes the extra fluid and wastes, toxins that accumulate in the body. ...Read more

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Will dialysis affect my employment?

Possibly: If you are on hemodialysis, then you will have to be at an in center facility three times a week for 3 to 4 hours per session. This form of dilaysis makes it very difficult to maintain a full time job however if you choose to perform peritoneal or home hemodialysis, they you have a better shot of maintaining a full time position. ...Read more

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When do people need to get dialysis?

Depends: Dialysis is initiated in advanced stages of kidney disease when one develop symtoms due to toxins accumulating in blood or when excess fluid builds up causing shortness of breath or swelling of thebody. Kidney doc evaluates the symptoms of the patient and correlates with level of kidney function to decide initiation of dialysis ...Read more

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