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Doctor insights on: What Happens To The Body When You Stop Dialysis

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

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

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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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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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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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?

Depends on disease: If a person was normal and then got a new illness (an acute illness) causing acute kidney failure, he might need dialysis while waiting for his kidneys to heal. If his kidneys heal well enough, he can stop dialysis. However, if a person has chronic kidney disease and has been losing kidney function over the years, his kidneys don't heal up after he starts dialysis. He continues to need dialysis. ...Read more

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Can your body reject dialysis treatment?

Possible: Rarely some patients are allergic to hemodialysis filers which is a vague rare phenomenon characterized by shortness of breath and hyptension while connected to the dialysis machine, which is treated by changing to peritoneal dialysis. ...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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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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What is the heavy feeling i feel through out my whole body after missed dialysis treatment?

What is the heavy feeling i feel through out my whole body after missed dialysis treatment?

Fluid: When you miss hd, you retain more fluid and you either swell up, gain weight or get short of breath. Your electrolytes also become abnormal and your strength can go down. So don't miss your hd. ...Read more