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Dr. Jack Rubin Dr. Rubin
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
44 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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2 dialysis done. Kidney stopped functioning. Createnine reduced to 12 frm 17 after first dialysis. Kidney size normal. Is there any chance of revival?

2 dialysis done. Kidney stopped functioning. Createnine reduced to 12 frm 17 after first dialysis. Kidney size normal. Is there any chance of revival?

Recovery?: You best resource for the answer to your question is the nephrologist (n) taking care of you. The questions to ask your n are: do you have acute renal failure? Does your n expect your kidney function to return? If you had acute renal failure, due to drugs that affected the kidney or due to low bp, recovery may be possible. Your n can and should give more information about your prognosis. Good luck.

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. Michael Rothman Dr. Rothman
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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On oxycodone and have renal failure & dialysis. Recently stopped peeing. Afraid taking 15 mg/4-6 hrs w/o peeing could overdose me.?

On oxycodone and have renal failure & dialysis. Recently stopped peeing. Afraid taking 15 mg/4-6 hrs w/o peeing could overdose me.?

You are OK: Since you have been on the drug for awhile you should be ok. The drug is being cleared from your system by dialysis. Not peeing won't make much of a difference. Drug od's occur with a rapid increase in dosage. No worry.

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Dr. Jack Rubin Dr. Rubin
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
44 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Anthony Cusano Dr. Cusano
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
36 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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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?

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Dr. Andrew Doe Dr. Doe
Radiology - Interventional
16 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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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).

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Dr. Jack Rubin Dr. Rubin
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
44 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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A year of dialysis, stopping for six weeks and then starting again...What happens? Is it painful to start again after six weeks worth of toxins?

A year of dialysis, stopping for six weeks and then starting again...What happens? Is it painful to start again after six weeks worth of toxins?

Re-starting dialysis: I am not sure of the reasons for the discontinuance of your hemodialysis (h) sessions. It appears that you regained some of your renal function, which allowed you to come off dialysis and it appears that it went down making it necessary for you to restart. The dialysis procedure which removes toxins and fluid is not physically painful. Good luck.

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Dr. S. Smiley Thakur Dr. Thakur
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
27 years in practice
University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Rahil Malik Dr. Malik
Obstetrics & Gynecology
6 years in practice
Saba University School of Medicine (coursework from 1/1/02 to present)
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What happens if you skip dialysis appointments?

What happens if you skip dialysis appointments?

Bad things: If you miss your dialysis appointment, a whole slew of bad things can happen. As dialysis helps in maintaining the proper equilibrium of acids/bases, salts etc in your blood, missing your appointment can lead to an imbalance in your blood. This may lead to fainting, weakness, heart complications, and death! Essentially, wherever blood may flow, problems can emerge from those organs.

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Dr. S. Smiley Thakur Dr. Thakur
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
27 years in practice
University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine
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What happens if a patient misses a dialysis session?

What happens if a patient misses a dialysis session?

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.

Dr. Kevin Griffiths Dr. Griffiths
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School
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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.

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Dr. Amitabh Gautam Dr. Gautam
Surgery - Transplant
38 years in practice
University of Delhi, Maulana Azad Medical College
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What is dialysis?

Kidney failure treat: Kidneys are vital to keep the body in a stable condition, removing waste products, keeping water and electrolytes within very narrow range required for normal function of all the organs. With kidney failure this can be done by dialysis either hemodialysis where blood is filtered through an external machine or using the lining od the abdomen (peritoneal membrane) as a filtering mechanism.

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Dr. David Weinstein Dr. Weinstein
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
18 years in practice
University of Dhaka, Jahurul Islam Medical College & Hospital
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How is dialysis performed?

Dialysis: Dialysis can be done through the blood (hemodialysis) or through the abdomen (peritoneal dialysis). Hemodialysis involves passing the blood across and filter to purify it / remove toxins and remove water. Peritoneal dialysis takes advantage of the membrane within the abdomen to act as a filter. In either case toxins are removed from the blood stream.

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Dr. Tarek Naguib Dr. Naguib
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
36 years in practice
University of Cairo Faculty of Medicine
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What exactly will dialysis do?

Clean blood: Dialysis removes waste products from the blood and extra fluids to replace the function of the kidneys and prolong life. Without it death is usually eminent in a few months more or less. The quality of life on dialysis is less than that with functioning kidneys due to substantial fatigue and other medical problems and medications.

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Dr. Bruce Jacobs Dr. Jacobs
Family Medicine
years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. W. James Chon Dr. Chon
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
21 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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How old is to old for dialysis?

How old is to old for dialysis?

Depends: Age itself is just a number. What is more important is how likely is dialysis going to improve the patient's quality of life. If a patient has a terminal illness or multi-organ failure, some kidney doctors will not recommend dialysis.

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Dr. James Pritsiolas Dr. Pritsiolas
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
18 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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Can I have children on dialysis?

Less likely: Fertility is significantly decreased in patients on dialysis, but it is still possible to have children. If you become pregnant, however, your likelihood of a successful pregnancy are much lower. If it is not your intention to become pregnant, make sure that you are using some form of birth control.

Dr. Kalyani Perumal Dr. Perumal
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
25 years in practice
Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Kilpauk Medical College
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What exactly does dialysis mean?

Filter: Dialysis does the work of kidneys, acts like kidney filter. Removes the extra fluid and wastes, toxins that accumulate in the body.

Dr. Kevin Griffiths Dr. Griffiths
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School
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Will dialysis affect my employment?

Possibly: If you are on hemodialysis, then you will have to be at an in center facility three times a week for 3 to 4 hours per session. This form of dilaysis makes it very difficult to maintain a full time job however if you choose to perform peritoneal or home hemodialysis, they you have a better shot of maintaining a full time position.

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Dr. Kalyani Perumal Dr. Perumal
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
25 years in practice
Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Kilpauk Medical College
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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

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah Dr. Khairullah
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
38 years in practice
University of Mumbai, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College
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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.

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