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Which symptoms do dialysis patients have right before dying?

Which symptoms do dialysis patients have right before dying?

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

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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What are the symptoms before the kidneys fail without dialysis?

Symptoms of ESRD: Patients with end stage renal disease (esrd) have various symtpoms. They may have itchy skin, anorexia and a bitter taste in their mouth. They may have a uremic odor as well as having a reversal of the day-night sleeping pattern. Other symptoms are nausea and vomiting, weakness, lethary and prolonged bleeding due to a platelet dysfunction. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of peritonitis - dialysis associated?

What are some symptoms of peritonitis - dialysis associated?

Abdominal pain: You will experience abdominal pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and cloudy appearing dialysate fluid. ...Read more

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My father aged 70 creatinine 7 renal cyst disease. No other major symptoms except weight loss. Should he undergo dialysis. If yes hemodialysis or peri?

My father aged 70 creatinine 7 renal cyst disease. No other major symptoms except weight loss. Should he undergo dialysis. If yes hemodialysis or peri?

See a kidney doctor: Most likely he would need dialysis.
Peri is more convenient for most of people, but it may not as effective as hemo depending on size of kidney cysts. ...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 absolutely 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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At what creatinine level do you need to go on dialysis?

At what creatinine level do you need to go on dialysis?

See details: It is more determined by one's creatinine clearance. If you clearance is at 10 ml/min or less you need dialysis. That would roughly translate to a serum creatinine of 4-5 mg/dl. ...Read more

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How long can you go on with permanent kidney stands before needing dialysis?

How long can you go on with permanent kidney stands before needing dialysis?

... unclear...: Hi! YWright, I assumed you have had stents place in both ureters to prevent or relieve permanent ureteral obstruction. If so, the odd to end-stage kidney disease leading to dialysis can be deferred for years, decades, even indefinitely depending on other underlying causes for kidney damage as along as these stents are properly followed and replaced. More? Ask your doctors. ...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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My creati ine is 480 do I need dialysis?

Not clear: I'm not sure on the units in your value or if there is a decimal missing.
A creatinine of 4.80 mg/dl is abnormal and requires investigation.
A creatinine of 480 micromol/l is also elevated and requires evaluation. ...Read more

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How does dialysis work? What is it needed for?

How does dialysis work? What is it needed for?

Removes waste, fluid: Dialysis takes over two important functions of the kidney: removing waste products & removing excess fluid. There are two basic techniques: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. In hemodialysis, blood is removed from the body, circulated through a filter much like an oil filter, and returned to the blood stream. Peritoneal dialysis uses the peritoneal membrane in the abdomen. ...Read more

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Can I go on holiday overseas while on dialysis?

Can I go on holiday overseas while on dialysis?

Possible: If you are an in center patient, travel becomes more difficult but not impossible. Depending on where you are traveling the social woker must arrange for a dialysis center to perform dialysis at your destination location. This requires 3 week advance notice, but many dilaysis patients have been to the caribbean and mexico. ...Read more

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What could lead to a need for immediate dialysis?

CHF, K, H, drugs: Reasons for emergent dialysis include untreatable fluid overload, hyperkalemia (hi potassium, k+), acidosis, and dialyzable toxicities. (lithium, alcohols, salicylates, theophylline, metformin). ...Read more

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Do I need dialysis if my fluild level been under 1kg?

Need dialysis: I am not sure what your question is. If you have questions about your needing dialysis, speak to your nephrologist (n) who is in charge of your care. If you are dissatisfied with the answers you get from the n, get a second opinion from another n. Good luck. ...Read more

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I would like help -- how dialysis work and why do we need it?

I would like help -- how dialysis work and why do we need it?

Dialysis machine: The purpose of a dialysis machine (D) and the artificial kidney (A) used on it is to replace the function of the kidneys of an end stage renal disease kidney patient which do not work. The A filters the blood of the patient removing waste products and water the diseased kidneys of the patient cannot do. This prevents the patient dying of kidney failure. The D does not affect the patient's kidneys. ...Read more

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Is dialysis procedure cause death if it done more than a year, also my health goes on decreasing?

Is dialysis procedure cause death if it done more than a year, also my health goes on decreasing?

Dialysis: Many patients are on dialysis for many years. Patients can continue to thrice on dialysis. Your overall health is related to all of your medical conditions and you should discuss your overall decline with your medical doctor so your concerns can. Be addressed. ...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 happen if I skipped a night session of pd dialysis? I'm currently doing 8 hours a night and need a break, not sure how safe it is thank you

What would happen if I skipped a night session of pd dialysis? I'm currently doing 8 hours a night and need a break, not sure how safe it is thank you

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 2 days between treatments and at risk for electrolyte and/or fluid retention problems. ...Read more

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Should I have a baby and go on dialysis?

Should I have a baby and go on dialysis?

Ask your doctor: I have cared for women who have had children while having severe renal disease. The key is working very closely with your doctor and paying careful attention to your medical treatment. ...Read more

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How high the keratin has to be to need dialysis?

How high the keratin has to be to need dialysis?

Kidney function: Creatinine, not keratin, is a substance excreted by the kidney. High levels in blood may indicate decreased kidney function. Usually creatinine level is plugged in a formula, to calculate the kidney function. If the kidney function is less than 10-25%, usually dialysis is planned. If the creatinine rises from 0. 8 to 1.6, it means 50% decline in kidney function. ...Read more

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How many diabetics need dialysis?

Big problem: Diabetes is the most common cause of new patients requiring dialysis, accounting for about 45 percent of cases in the United States. I am not sure what percentage of diabetics develop end-stage kidney disease, but it is declining due to a number of factors. ...Read more

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When does a patient need to undergo dialysis?

When does a patient need to undergo dialysis?

When kidneys fail: People are treated with dialysis when the kidneys are no longer able to perform their main functions: filtering out toxins and removing excess body fluids. For an excellent reference, look for the book "Help! I Need Dialysis! " by Dori Schatell and John Agar, MD. LGromkoMD ...Read more

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Creatinine level determines if u need dialysis?

Yes and know: What determines if dialysis is necessary is if all attempts to manage all of the things that go wrong when kidneys fail have been tried and failed. Usually this happens when the creatine levels reaches 10, but I have seen levels higher than 10 before dialysis became necessary. ...Read more

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Are there any herbs that can get my GFR over 10% so I don't need dialysis?

No: If you have established chronic kidney disease it is not reversible. Be careful what you take. You do not want something making it worse. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can be done if I need to skip a dialysis session to keep from feeling i'll?

Don't skip: Best thing is not to skip. You should talk to your dialysis unit- they can reschedule your dialysis treatment if there is some emergency. ...Read more

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Do I have to go on dialysis if my kidneys fail?

Probably: Whether you have to start dialysis depends on how bad your kidneys are failing as well as other medical problems you have. The worst kidney failure is called stagev chronic kidney disease and indicates less than 15% kidney function. Most times a patient will be started on dialysis if the function falls below 10%, sometimes at a higher or lower level, depending on symptoms. Ask your nephrologist. ...Read more

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Need help when on dialysis, does blood still go through kidneys?

Need help when on dialysis, does blood still go through kidneys?

Kidney blood flow: Hemodialysis does not alter the blood flow to any organ of a patient on it. Those patients on dialysis perfuse their hearts, kidneys, brain and livers normally. ...Read more

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I was hospitalised for a week. Just waiting for creatinine levels to go down. Doc suggests it will go down without need for dialysis. Is that correct?

I was hospitalised for a week. Just waiting for creatinine levels to go down. Doc suggests it will go down without need for dialysis. Is that correct?

Renal insufficiency: If the creatinine shot up with some temporary and reversible cause like in dehydration it may correct back to normal with hydration itself. So the cause determines the intervention required. ...Read more

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Ckd 3a egfr fluctuates bet. 44 & 50 over past 10yrs. How fast does it go to need for dialysis? How critical is diet at this stage? Age 68. Creat. 1.42

Ckd 3a egfr fluctuates bet. 44 & 50 over past 10yrs. How fast does it go to need for dialysis? How critical is diet at this stage? Age 68. Creat. 1.42

Good care: Keep doing what you are doing and congratulate your Primary md, your nephrologist and yourself at your age of 68 yo your creatinine is acceptable no dialysis now. ...Read more