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What is dialysis?

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. ...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 does dialysis vascular access mean?

Access to blood: Hemodialysis needs access to blood to run high speed flow about 12-15 oz of blood per minute. This requires a larger line under the collar bone which is a temporary method or a surgery to connect the veins of arm with an artery which pours great flow of blood into the vein. The vein will get larger and can be stuck with a needle to make access to blood easy. A plastic tube may be used, a graft. ...Read more

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In what situation dialysis or transplantation done?

END STAGE RENAL FAIL: Both are done at end stage renal failure due to any cause. ...Read more

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What causes dialysis skin tone change?

What causes dialysis skin tone change?

Sallow complexion: Dialysis shouldn't change the color of one's skin. As patients approach needing dialysis, the skin can turn a non-shiny yellow/brown, which is called sallow complexion. Anemia, low hemoglobin, can cause pallor (pale skin). ...Read more

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What is dialysis and how is it used to treat kidney failure?

What is dialysis and how is it used to treat kidney failure?

Dialysis: The process of dialysis is to take blood out of a patient who has kidney failure and send that blood through a dialysis machine. Inside the machine, blood is filtered, somewhat like a normal kidney but much less effiiciently taking out waster and water that has accumulated in the blood. The processed blood is then returned to the patient. Typically, dialysis takes place for 4 hrs 3 days/wk. ...Read more

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What is dialysis, and why are the patients at risk for anemia?

Cleansing of blood: Dialysis is the cleansing of the blood through an artificial membrane. It replaces some of the physiologic functions of a normal kidney but is generally inferior to a functioning kidney. One of the functions of the kidney is to produce a hormone that stimulates blood produciton. When kidney function is impaired, this hormone production is diminished, resulting in anemia. ...Read more

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What should dialysis and heart patients use for cough?

What should dialysis and heart patients use for cough?

Depends : Depends on the cause of cough which would be best evaluated by a physician. For cough suppression, combination of Guaifenesin and dextrometorphan or Codeine may be used. ...Read more

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What renal dialysis effect while patients on post obstructive diressis?

What renal dialysis effect while patients on   post obstructive diressis?

P-obstruct. diuresis: In majority, functional recovery in usually seen in the first week to ten days after obstruction is relieved. If severe renal failure is present, dialysis may be indicated, even after complete resolution of the obstruction. Dialysis may be required for a few weeks. In these cases complete functional improvement may not take place. ...Read more

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What causes dialysis patients to have sweet taste in their mouth?

What causes dialysis patients to have sweet taste in their mouth?

Ketosis: I am thinking you might be a diabetic. If I am wrong, i apologize. I have searched for causes of a sweet taste in the mouth and have come up with two possible reasons - high blood sugar and high ketones (usually seen in diabetes). See your doctor and tell her/him what you are experiencing. ...Read more

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What to do if i know radiation and chemotherapy are mainly for cancer but what is dialysis for?

What to do if i know radiation and chemotherapy are mainly for cancer but what is dialysis for?

Kidney failure: Dialysis replaces the function of the kidneys to filter byproducts out of your blood to create urine and avoid buildup of impurities in the blood. ...Read more