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When is it time to to stop dialysis?

When is it time to to stop dialysis?

See below: Dialysis is initiated if your nephrologists determines you have inadequate kidney function, some cases are reversible and they can determine if you have recovered some function and hold dialysis. ...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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I'm wondering how much time does someone have to live after dialysis stops?

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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Could you tell me what happens to a person psysically when they stop dialysis?

Dialysis cessation: There are two reasons why a patient would stop dialysis. The first is that the person had acute renal failure and recovered his renal function, ending his need for dialysis. If the person has end-stage-renal-disease and he stops dialysis, he will get progressivly weaker, may have nausea and vomiting and die of fluid overload or hyperkalemia. The time to death is variable. ...Read more

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If dialysis is given once then one has to take it always? Or by living on only veggies one can stop it?

If dialysis is given once then one has to take it always? Or by living on only veggies one can stop it?

Dialysis: There are people who are on dialysis only temporarily (they've had temporary kidney failure due to medications or infection), but some are on for the rest of their lives. It depends on the underlying kidney disease and if its reversible. And while veggies are good for you, they won't reverse permanent kidney failure. ...Read more

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What causes dialysis patients urine to be so dark? Why do they stop making urine after long term dialysis?

What causes dialysis patients urine to be so dark? Why do they stop making urine after long term dialysis?

Dialysis dark urine: 34 F asks why do dialysis pats have dark urine and why do they stop making urine. ANS: urine is the remains of the fluid filtered at the glomerulus. As glomeruli are destroyed by the disease colored chemicals that normally go out in the urine build up in blood-thus the funny skin color. This color stays in the urine so dark. Eventually all glomeruli die from the cause and no urine Is formed. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a person is recieving dialysis and decieded to stop treatment. How long would they live?

Dialysis: Usually not very long. Water accumulates and that makes breathing more difficult. Urea accumulates and that makes the person sleepy and eventually unarousable. Blood salts get all messed up and that can cause the heart to stop suddenly. This is just for starters. The longest I have seen a patient live after stopping dialysis is 1 week, but I am sure there are reports of people going longer. ...Read more

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Will the bump on my arm from dialysis go away after I stop?

Let someone see it.: Hard to say without the benefit of examining that bump. If it is related to infiltration of blood from a needle inserted into your fistula or graft, then it should resolve with time. If the bump is an access aneurysm, it may need to be managed by your vascular surgeon. Better check with your rounding nephrologist who can better evaluate the bump. Good luck. ...Read more

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Once on dialysis is it possible for a diabetic to stop dialysis and kidneys to heal?

Once on dialysis is it possible for a diabetic to stop dialysis and kidneys to heal?

Most likely NO: People can experience acute or chronic kidney failure and yes those with acute kidney failure with a treatable cause can heal their kidneys and may only require dialysis for a short period while this is occuring; however, the majority of kidney failure in people with diabetes is chronic and not reversible thus necessitating long-term dialysis or kidney transplantation to sustain life. ...Read more

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Will all transplanted kidney sure to stop working eventually after years? And the patient will require a 2nd transplant or dialysis to survive?

Will all transplanted kidney sure to stop working eventually after years? And the patient will require a 2nd transplant or dialysis to survive?

Not necessarily: Results of graft survival after kidney transplantation is pretty good, have 10 or more yrs but few do need dialysis or second transplantation, as same disease process progressively damage the new kidney also. Several other factors graft vs host responses are involved on long term survival of the grafted kidney. More cadaver organs are needed, every one should sign up and help. ...Read more

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WHY DID I STOP URINATING AFTER A DIALYSIS TREATMENT. I HAD CRAMPS AND LOW BLOOD PRESSURE AT THE END OF MY TREATMENT?

WHY DID I STOP URINATING AFTER A DIALYSIS TREATMENT. I HAD CRAMPS AND LOW BLOOD PRESSURE AT THE END OF MY TREATMENT?

Cramping on dialysis: If you have cramping and low blood pressure at the end of your hemodialysis session, ask your nephrologist to consider increasing your dry weight. This will mean that less fluid will be removed from you on dialysis and this can alleviate your problem of cramps and low BP at the end of your dialysis treatment. ...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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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