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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

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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Will dialysis affect my employment?

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. ...Read more

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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 ...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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How long to one have to do dialysis?

Depends: If you are diagnosed with irreversible kidney disease, you need dialysis life long until you get kidney transplant. If your docs are expecting recovery of kidney function, you may need dialysis until your kidney recover sufficient function. Pls discuss with nephrologist ...Read more

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Why do you get cold during dialysis?

Why do you get cold during dialysis?

Out of body: The blood flows in tubes out of the body (~150ml), losing heat during it's path from and back to the body. ...Read more

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How many forms of dialysis are there?

2 peritoneal & hemo: The 2 types of dialysis are hemodialysis and peritoneal. Both are effective but have pros and cons. Hemodialysis is generally done at a dialysis center three times a week and requires "access" into the blood stream, a fistula is preferred. Peritoneal dialysis is done at home through a catheter (tube) inserted into the abdominal cavity. You should discuss with your nephrologist what is best for you. ...Read more

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How much time can I live on dialysis?

Life on dialysis: It is not possible to give you an definite answer. Patients on dialysis live shorter than the age-matched controls not on dialysis. A dialysis patient's life span is dependent on the patient's age at the start of dialysis and the co-morbid conditions the patient has, such as diabetes. You should ask your nephrologist (n) for an answer to your question as the n knows you the best. Good luck. ...Read more

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How will you survive without dialysis?

No dialysis and life: If the person you are talking about has end stage renal disease and needs dialysis and does not commence it, death normally occurs in 2-3 weeks. It is usually due to high potassium levels or fluid overload. ...Read more

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How long can you survive off dialysis?

Depends on Kidney Fx: Your ability to survive without dialysis is dependent on how much function is left in your kidneys. Most people can survive with greater than 10% function and everyone will die within a few days with zero function. It's a crapshoot if you're between zero and 10% so it's best to make decisions with your nephrologist if you plan on making it to christmas! ...Read more

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How long can a person live on dialysis?

How long can a person live on dialysis?

For Years: People can survive for years on dialysis while they wait for a kidney transplant. ...Read more

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Can there be an alternative to dialysis?

RRT options: There are five renal replacement therapy options I always discuss with patients who are about to start dialysis.
1. Blood dialysis
a) in center (hd)
b) home (hhd)
2. Peritoneal (ccpd or capd) (also done at home)
3. Renal transplantation
4. Comfort care. Not everyone decides to use this technology. ...Read more

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My creati ine is 480 do I need dialysis?

My creati ine is 480 do I need dialysis?

Not clear: I'm not sure on the units in your value or if there is a decimal missing.
A creatinine of 4.80 mg/dl is abnormal and requires investigation.
A creatinine of 480 micromol/l is also elevated and requires evaluation. ...Read more

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What is fatty deposit in dialysis tubing?

Not sure: Couild you be more explicit, I never heard about that akthough I take care of dialysis patients. ...Read more

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When is it necessary to commence dialysis?

Dialysis: A patient is started on dialysis when their doctor decides that their metabolic disturbances caused bytheir renal failure can no longer be managed with medications alone. The length of time from the onset of chronic renal failure to dialysis varies from one patient to another and has to be individualized by your doctor with your concurrence. ...Read more

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What is the best type of dialysis to have?

See below: Opinions may vary, but most nephrologists agree that home dialysis which includes home hemo dialysis [ where you perform your own dialysis at home ] and peritoneal dialysis [stomach dialysis, blood free dialysis] are better options than incenter hemodialysis where you go for dialysis to a center 3 times a week. There are some considerations whereby home dialysis may not be a proper option. ...Read more

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What can I expect after starting dialysis?

Gradual improvement: It usually takes several weeks to months before patients usually start to feel noticeably better. However, certain symptoms and signs (edema, high blood pressure) may improve much sooner. ...Read more

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Is there a healthy alternative to dialysis?

Is there a healthy alternative to dialysis?

No: Dialysis or kidney transplant are the only options when kidneys are not functional. ...Read more

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Recreational dialysis, is there such thing?

? vacation dialysis: I think you might be referring to dialysis performed when patients receiving dialysis go away on vacation. Temporary dialysis can be arranged at centers all over the United States and still paid for by insurance. It has to be arranged well in advance and medical information shared to the temporary dialysis unit. It allows for a more normal lifestyle for patients, especially for family visits. ...Read more

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Where can I find a list of dialysis centers?

Where can I find a list of dialysis centers?

Kidney dialysis spot: Your local kidney society will have this information. Any nephrologist will also have the locations and in some cases will be needed for an appropriate referral. ...Read more

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Where is the perma cath placed for dialysis?

The neck: The permacath is placed in the internal jugular vein on either the right or left side of the neck. It is generally considered a temporary dialysis access, with an arteriovenous fistula being the favored dialysis access. It is recommended that people not shower with a permcath because it increases the infection risk. ...Read more

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What kind of affect does dialysis have on men?

A lot of effects: While dialysis is essential to survival by replacing kidney function unfortunately there is a price to pay with that. Dialysis patients are anemic (low blood counts) and require medications for that, they have many problems with their calcium and phosphorus level. Patients and especially men mostly can be depressed and they lack sexual desire. They may have weight loss and peripheral nerve damag. ...Read more

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Which dialysis method is better for end stage?

Which dialysis method is better for end stage?

Whichever works 4 u: Sometimes your choices can be limited by finances or availability. The medical studies vary and experts argue over the 'best'. There are pluses and minuses to all the renal replacement therapies: hemodialysis in center, hemodialysis at home, peritoneal dialysis, transplant. My opinion for my patients is the best solution is the one that works the best for you, your health, and your lifestyle. ...Read more

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How long could a person live without dialysis?

Depends on residual: What is left of kidney function is called residual. It includes urine output amount and how much chemical is in that urine. Persons who have no urine output at all may not survive 2 weeks without dialysis as a general rule. Of course exceptions occur. ...Read more

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How does dialysis work? What is it needed for?

How does dialysis work? What is it needed for?

Removes waste, fluid: Dialysis takes over two important functions of the kidney: removing waste products & removing excess fluid. There are two basic techniques: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. In hemodialysis, blood is removed from the body, circulated through a filter much like an oil filter, and returned to the blood stream. Peritoneal dialysis uses the peritoneal membrane in the abdomen. ...Read more

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Will others be able to tell if I'm on dialysis?

Most time not: Dialysis will take at least 3 h 3 times a week from your time and if you have a catheter for dialysis that is obvious that will be very hard to explain to others. Symptom wise some patients may feel drained after hemodialysis and they may have anemia but these symptoms are not specific for dialysis. In conclusion if you do not have symptoms it is very hard to tell. ...Read more

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Once I start dialysis will I have to quit work?

Work on dialysis: Many patients on dialysis continue to work full time. The biggest obstacle tends to be the time spent doing dialysis, with schedules that can be fairly rigid. However now hemodialysis treatments can be done at home, or overnight in some centers, and cycled peritoneal dialysis can be done overnight at home. Your underlying medical condition is also a big factor in determining your ability to work. ...Read more

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Can I go on holiday overseas while on dialysis?

Possible: If you are an in center patient, travel becomes more difficult but not impossible. Depending on where you are traveling the social woker must arrange for a dialysis center to perform dialysis at your destination location. This requires 3 week advance notice, but many dilaysis patients have been to the caribbean and mexico. ...Read more

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How long can you live with crf without dialysis?

Depends on severity: Lots of people have some degree of CRF (chronic renal failure), also known as CKD or chronic kidney disease. Ckd is grouped into stages, the most severe of which is stage v indicating <15% function. Dialysis is usually recommended when the function is <10%. Many patients survive without having to start dialysis with lesser degrees of disease, especially if they follow their doctor's advice. ...Read more

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What creatnine level are you placed on dialysis?

It's all relative.: A rising creatinine is a sign that your kidneys are failing. Dialysis is a type of kidney replacement therapy which needs to be started when you and your doctor decide that the time is right. This may be due to your just feeling lousy or due to specific medical threats to your health--high potassium, heart failure, etc. Once your creatinine is over 2, you need to see a nephrologist. ...Read more

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How long can a person really survive on dialysis?

Dialysis: I have taken care of patients who have been on dialysis for over 20 years. It really depends on the patient and how well they manage their multiple diseases. It requires care by the patient and the physician but there is no limit as to how long someone can survive on dialysis. ...Read more

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What could lead to a need for immediate dialysis?

CHF, K, H, drugs: Reasons for emergent dialysis include untreatable fluid overload, hyperkalemia (hi potassium, k+), acidosis, and dialyzable toxicities. (lithium, alcohols, salicylates, theophylline, metformin). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: dialysis?

See below: 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 wastes are removed here. ...Read more