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Should Dialysis Patients Eat Figs
Renal diet: Patients on dialysis need to watch their fluid, calcium, protein and potassium intake. The patient you are referring to must have a renal dietician at his dialysis center. You should speak to the dietician about your questions and she should be able to answer them and speak to you about a renal diet and its restrictions. ...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
Tell me why patients with kidney failure eat and drink what they like only during the first few hours of dialysis?
Nurses being nice:
The total fluid removal target is programmed at the beginning of the dialysis run.
Fluids consumed on dialysis are added to the total weight target. The removal target is doable from the onset of dialysis. If you drink 32 oz in the last hour, it is difficult to get this (and the preprogrammed amount) all off in the last hour. ...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
Metabolism: Kidneys eliminate toxins from the body. Dialysis is never a complete substitute for a real kidney. Some toxins are not removed or only partially eliminated from the body. Accumulation of these chemicals often disturbs brain function. Dialysis may result in infection, of which the first manifestation may be impaired thinking (cognition). ...Read more
Possible: Tropical fruits have been shown to inhibit enzymes in the liver that help break down drugs. While this has not been critically tested in patients, test tube results are concerning. I would review with your doctor your medications and the available patient data on the interaction of tropical fruits with you meds. ...Read more
IT DEPENDS: There are no set values at which a patient should be placed on dialysis. It is a decision that needs to be made by the patient and physician to avoid progression of symptoms such as feeling tired and ill all the time, volume overload in the body not corrected by medications, and declining nutritional status. It is important to be ready for dialysis before a patient requires it emergently. ...Read more
ESRD and Death: Most patients simply become very disoriented, sometimes agitated, and then they go to "sleep". Many health professionals have commented to me that dying from renal failure is gentle and painless. My grandfather simply went to sleep and never woke up and he appeared comfortable. ...Read more
Kidney machine clog?: I am not sure what you are referring to by a dialysis patient's clogging of a kidney machine. Patients can have their dialyzer (d), the artificial kidney, during dialysis. This normally occurs when the patients are not getting enough Heparin during dialysis and their d's clot ending their use of that d. If that is not the answer you were looking for, ask the patient's nephrologist youyr question. ...Read more
High albumin: You need to ask your nephrologist and renal dietician about the significance of your high Albumin level (ha). It can be seen in cases of dehydration, severe infection, hepatitis, HIV, some congenital disorders, cancer, severe infection and in some instances of chronic inflammation. Please speak to your nephrologist for the cause in your case. ...Read more
5 years: It varies based on the patient other medical conditions. But on the average the mortality rate (death rate) is 20% per year. However some patients who are young with fewer other associated medical conditions and who are compliant with their dialysis. Treatment could live over 10 to 20 years on dialysis ...Read more
Is it possible that dialysis patients stop their dialysis when the creatinine level became normal.
Yes: But if renal function has not returned then the cr level will rise fairly quickly. ...Read more
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
Can a male dialysis patient still be fertile after being appr.10 year on dialysis? He is still active in sex.
My friend is an dialysis patient and vomited during dialysis! This is the second time. Will it cause any problems?
Discuss with nephrol: We can not answer your question as we do not have enough information about your friend. I will suggest your friend discuss with his/her doctor as to what is causing the vomiting and if it needs any therapy. ...Read more
What is the best recommendation for a 19yr female patient diagnosed with pauci glomerulonephritis. No improvement after a month. She's on dialysis.?
Listen to nephrology: Nephrologist, a specialist in kidney disease can best advise you on this. ...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