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If dialysis patients take in too much phosphorus, what will happen?

If dialysis patients take in too much phosphorus, what will happen?

Itching: High phosphorus levels in a dialysis patient can lead to many issues. Usually most patients itch uncontrollably. However over time elevated phosphorus levels can alter bone structure, lead to calcium deposits on heart vessels and cause nerve damage throughout the body. ...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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What can happen if someone has too much calcium in their body?

What can happen if someone has too much calcium in their body?

Many symptoms: Hypercalcemia is too much calcium in the blood.The main cause of hypercalcemia is overactivity in one or more of parathyroid glands in the neck near the thyroid gland. Excdssive intake of calcium and vitamin d supplements as well as rarely some types of cancer.Signs/symptoms include renal stones, bone pain, abdominal pain, fatigue, renal failure, cardiac arrhythmia, hyperthyroidism, idiopathic , etc. ...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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How often can you have radiotherapy? Do too many normal, good cells die if you do it too often?

How often can you have radiotherapy? Do too many normal, good cells die if you do it too often?

Llimited: When a person receives radiation therapy to a specific site it usually means they have received the maximum dose the tissue at that site can tolerate. Therefore additional radiation to that site (re-radiation) is usually not offered. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when we have too much sodium in our diet?

Could you tell me what happens when we have too much sodium in our diet?

Water retention: In general our bodies can handle it, but increased sodium also increases water retention. This can worsen high blood pressure, kidney disease, or congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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How much would a persons kidneys have to fail for their potassium to get too high and kill them? Would their he signs?

How much would a persons kidneys have to fail for their potassium to get too high and kill them? Would their he signs?

See below.: Renal function typically estimated by measuring creatinine levels and calculating estimated glomerular filtration rate. Normal egfr is age dependent, but generally > 100ml/min is normal. Egfr < 15ml/min defines stage v kidney disease which is when serious potassium problems are seen. This equates to about 1/16 of normal kidney function. There are generally nonspecific signs along the way. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when you have phase 3 blood in your urine and too much potassium?

What exactly does it mean when you have phase 3 blood in your urine and too much potassium?

?renal failure: You may have nephritis, you need to have work up including looking for protein in the urine, check your blood pressure, kidney function. See yopur priamry and may need nephrology consult. ...Read more

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Why do some people (mainly old people) get delirium when they have a UTI? How does that happen? Why?

Why do some people (mainly old people) get delirium when they have a UTI? How does that happen? Why?

Out of balance: You hate to think of it this way, but when we get old the body (and mind) can become very frail. Many older folk have shrinkage of brain tissue/ some elements of cognitive decline whether it is recognized or not. Add a UTI to that and u can really throw your patient for a loop. With younger folk u rarely see this unless very severe-like sepsis. Once UTI is well treated, expect patient to recover. ...Read more

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Just had a billroth 2...In general when can most people go back to work and what are some complications if they do too much to soon.

Just had a billroth 2...In general when can most people go back to work and what are some complications if they do too much to soon.

ASK SURGEON: You are not talking about in gerneral. You are talking about you. Only surgeon that performed surgery and knows exactly what he did and if you had complications would be able to answer that question. Ask him/her. ...Read more

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Can diabetes actually develop from eating too much sugar? If so, how exactly does this happen?

Can diabetes actually develop from eating too much sugar? If so, how exactly does this happen?

A new study>probably: Type 2 diabetes is strongly hereditary and prior to recently the answer was: if you have an inherited genes for DM then too much sugar or calories in general>obesity>develop DM.**However a recent 10 year study comparing the sugar consumption in 175 countries and the population's development of DM showed a direct connection, independent of obesity. For each additional 12 oz soda/day> DM ^^ 1% ...Read more

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What to do if i'm diabetic with too much protein and the kidneys arent filtering.?

What to do if i'm diabetic with too much protein and the kidneys arent filtering.?

Find a Nephrologist : You have to know your blood urea and creatinine level ( BUN ; cr ) and the cr clearance, which shows how much you kidneys are working. To decrease protein in urine your dr. Put you on an ace inhibitor anti hypertensive medication which also prevents more damage to the kidney and your blood sugar need to be under control. (hba1c). If filtration rate drops. ...Read more

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I know that high blood pressure is called the silent killer. Can some people physically feel when they happen to have HBP from time to time? Sweats?

I know that high blood pressure is called the silent killer. Can some people physically feel when they happen to have HBP from time to time? Sweats?

Yes, but uncommonly.: More commonly, the symptoms of high blood pressure (if they occur) include blurry vision, headaches, blood in the urine (urine discoloration), chest discomfort / pressure, throbbing / pounding in the ears. If you have an aneurysm, back pain or other neurologic symptoms may develop. The symptoms may be subtle. The best detection is a blood pressure monitor that you can pick up at any pharmacy. ...Read more

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What will happen to an individual if their potassium is too high?

What will happen to an individual if their potassium is too high?

HIgh potassium level: The effect of the potassium (K) level in the blood depends on how well the body is used to it. Dialysis patients tolerate higher K levels than do non-dialysis patients, as their bodies are used to a higher level. Common symptoms of high K are weakness of the muscles, slowing of the heart rate and possibly death due to cardiac arrest, if the K is high enough without treatment. ...Read more

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When someone has end stage renal failure, how long can they typically be expected to live if they do not get dialysis or transplant? 92 y/o with chf.

When someone has end stage renal failure, how long can they typically be expected to live if they do not get dialysis or transplant? 92 y/o with chf.

Hard to do: CHF and impaired renal function are difficult to deal with, because improving one makes the other worse. It is a fine line between reducing fluid to help the heart failure, but keeping enough to keep the kidney function from getting worse. Dialysis may be the best answer. See his nephrologist for an answer. ...Read more

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What happens if people use Synthroid (thyroxine) to lose weight, then why do so many people complain that it makes them get fat?

What happens if people use Synthroid (thyroxine) to lose weight, then why do so many people complain that it makes them get fat?

Doesn't work: If your thyroid function is normal, taking thyroid hormone will not help you lose weight. You would need to take toxic doses to raise your metabolism high enough to lose weight, and will lose more muscle than fat. In addition, high thyroid levels make you more hungry, so many people will gain weight rather than lose. There is no "easy" solution to lose weight. Eat less, exercise more. ...Read more

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How often would u you say that patients alat and asat tests are a little too high? And how often is it nothing dangerous? 1 in 10?

How often would u you say that patients alat and asat tests are a little too high? And how often is it nothing dangerous? 1 in 10?

Medical history: it's important to consider lab results with the patient's medical history in mind. The person's age, weight, use of prescribed and recreational drugs, current state of health, prior medical problems are all significant in interpreting the results, and the absolute numbers do not necessarily reflect the level of importance of the results. ...Read more

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What happens if someone kept drinking as much water as they could, could they die?

What happens if someone kept drinking as much water as they could, could they die?

Possibly.: Drinking a huge amount of water could cause water intoxication (dilutional hyponatremia) which throws off body electrolytes and can interrupt normal brain functions. Death from this cause is not common. ...Read more

Phosphorus (Definition)

Phosphorus is an essential mineral. It is important in the formation high energy compounds used by the body, maintaining strong bones and teeth, and muscle and nerve functioning. Meats and milk are a good source of phosphorus. Deficiency is very rare as phosphorus is ...Read more