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

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

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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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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Can someone who is doing peritoneal dialysis have a pet?

Can someone who is doing peritoneal dialysis have a pet?

Yes: The main issues would be hygiene and cleanliness. It would probably be a good idea to establish a "pet free zone" in the area where you do your treatments to prevent contamination and infection. Also, don't allow you pet to bite, scratch or otherwise contaminate your catheter. Read more

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What is the longest you can survive on peritoneal dialysis?

What is the longest you can survive on peritoneal dialysis?

Indefinitely: It is impossible to predict how long any individual may survive most medical conditions, as there is too much variation in tolerance, genetics, associated factors, and the human spirit! I've never seen an "expiration date" on any patient and would question anyone who believes there are specific time frames for survival in any given person with any disease! Read more

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What diet is recommended to follow with peritoneal dialysis?

What diet is recommended to follow with peritoneal dialysis?

High Protein diet: Patients lose large amounts of protein during peritoneal dialysis and a high protein diet is recommended. Read more

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How do you prepare well for a session of peritoneal dialysis?

PD Prep: It depends upon what kind of peritoneal dialysis you are askinig about. Here is an excellent source of information on peritoneal dialysis that you can read at your leisure: http://kidney. Niddk. Nih. Gov/kudiseases/pubs/peritoneal/. Read more

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How much peritoneal dialysis is usually needed for optimal outcomes?

Depends: The more renal function you have left determines how much pd therapy you need. When a patient starts pd, if they still make lots of urine and the clearance rate is still reasonable, then you probably need less pd exchanges. However if you don't make urine and have poor renal function, then you will need much more pd exchanges. Read more

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What type of dialysis access procedure would be necessary for peritoneal dialysis?

What type of dialysis access procedure would be necessary for peritoneal dialysis?

PD cath: A peritoneal catheter is introduced in the lower abdomen to allow for introduction of fluids in and out. Read more

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If you are on peritoneal dialysis can you go swimming in a pool?

If you are on peritoneal dialysis can you go swimming in a pool?

Not advisable: Your doctor will tell you that you may develop a infection called peritonitis if bacteria in water enter your cathetor, not worth the risk. Read more

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What would the life expectancy of peritoneal dialysis at 13% be?

Depends: Peritoneal dialysis allows patients with kidney disease to not suffer symptoms of kidney failure and to not die from their disease. The life expectancy really depends on how healthy the patient is and how compliant they are with the treatment recommendations. Most deaths of dialysis patients are cardiovascular. If the patient has a bad heart the likelihood of death increases. Read more

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What is the cost of hemodialysis compared to peritoneal dialysis?

What is the cost of hemodialysis compared to peritoneal dialysis?

Don't know: This is variable. Would contact the facility or provider to obtain more information about the anticipated cost. Read more

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I am on peritoneal dialysis and sometimes the effluent smells funny, why is this?

See below: It is after all bodily fluid. Have it examined by your nurse or doctor if it is cloudy it is possibly an infection. Read more

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What indication of hemodialysis peritoneal dialysis?

Kidney failure: Hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis are 2 effective types of treatment for kidney failure. Kidney function generally needs to be less than 10% before dialysis is needed. Kidney failure can be permanent or reversible. Kidney doctors (nephrologists) need to be involved in evaluation and treatment of kidney failure. There are 6 stages depending on severity. Stages 4-6 require specialist care. Read more

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What is the record for the longest period of time on peritoneal dialysis?

Years!: This modality to keep people alive is not the easiest. If all works well and there are no complications with the catheters and especially infections/peritonitis one can live on it for years. Of course a kidney transplant is the best of the solution with the best quality of life! Read more

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I'm on peritoneal dialysis and am having excruciating back pain, is this normal?

I'm on peritoneal dialysis and am having excruciating back pain, is this normal?

NO: Talk to your kidney dr. This may be related to your kidney, but something like an infection needs to be ruled out! Read more

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What exactly is continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (capd)?

Type of dialysis: Capd is a form of dialysis which involves inserting a tube into the abdominal cavity and the lining of the cavity the peritoneum, acts like a kidney and exchanges waste when you instill a special fluid into the cavity via the tube. If you do it 3-4 times a day you can draw the waste out. This different from blood/hemo dialysis. The peritoneal dialysis can be done at your home. 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?

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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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


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Dizziness (Definition)

Dizziness is a feeling of light headedness that includes loss of balance, vertigo, or the feeling as ...Read more