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

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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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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Osteoporosis (Definition)

Currently it is better to think of osteoporosis as a condition where the bone is weakened, and can be managed or treated rather than cured. This is usually performed by dietary modifications, ingestion of supplemental calcium, vitamin d and a class of agents notice the bisphosphonates. These are usually delivered via oral or intramuscular injection on a weekly or monthly ...Read more


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Can severe anemia and osteoporosis cause darker bones?

Can severe anemia and osteoporosis cause darker bones?

Darker bones: I might have answered this already - not sure. The simple answer is NO! but you need to carefully control your anemia and also have bone density testing. Treatment of anemia should not affect any medicine for osteoporosis if your health and lab bone data is OK ...Read more

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My Grandma has osteoporosis, just broke her pelvis it went unnoticed for 2 wks. Now she has anemia. Can this be related to broken pelvis?

My Grandma has osteoporosis, just broke her pelvis it went unnoticed for 2 wks. Now she has anemia. Can this be related to broken pelvis?

Yes: Yes, your grandma may have anemia following a fracture but it is also possible that her anemia made her weak resulting in a fall. That said, her doctor must do everything possible to find out why she has anemia and what needs to be done to correct it. ...Read more

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How to perform venipuncture from renal dialysis patient?

How to perform venipuncture from renal dialysis patient?

Venipuncture: It depends on the reason for the labs and the dialysis access the patient has. Most often, labs are draw during dialysis from the machine. If a fistula or graft is being used and labs are drawn outside of dialysis, its best to use the arm without the access. ...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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Can I use lemon for dialysis patient who is in a renal diet ?

Can I use lemon for dialysis patient who is in a renal diet ?

Lemon and dialysis: Lemon juice has potassium (k). Elevated k levels are common in dialysis patients due to their kidneys not being able to eliminate k. Ask the patient's renal dietician (d) your question. The d will know the patient's k level and residual renal function. The d will be able to tell you how much, and if you should, give lemons to the patient in question. ...Read more

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Can taking water pills benefit end stage renal patient on dialysis?

Not on the internet: Never if not prescribed by a professional that is treating the problem and knows the exact history, physical exam, and current medication list. ...Read more

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Some medication good in renal dialysis patient and some not good ( why)?

Depends: It depends if the medications are renally excreted and if they are dialyzable. If they are renally excreted and not dialyzable then they hang around in the body for a long time and have no way of being removed. If they are not renally excreted then the patient shouldn't have any problem with the medication. ...Read more

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Why is the mortality risk so high for icu patients having acute renal failure? If you are already in the hospital, can't you start dialysis quickly?

Renal failure death: Patients in the ICU who have a acute kidney failure (akf) have something that caused it, usually hypotension. The are very sick and have multi-systemic problems and may have an overwhelming infection leading to their akf. Although dialysis can replace kidney function lost in akf, it cannot perform any of the functions of other organs in the body. They need more than just kidney function to live. ...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


Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more