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Why Does Dialysis Clog Up
Catheter Clogs: Causes of intermittent peritoneal dialysis catheter malfunction are: 1) a tissue called the omentum has wrapped itself around the catheter; 2) the catheter openings are up against the bowel; or 3) the catheter openings are against the lining of the abdominal cavity called the peritoneum. One added reason that really is serious is impending infection. Need to talk with your dr. About this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Kidney machine clog?: I am not sure what you are referring to by a dialysis patient's clogging of a kidney machine. Patients can have their dialyzer (d), the artificial kidney, during dialysis. This normally occurs when the patients are not getting enough Heparin during dialysis and their d's clot ending their use of that d. If that is not the answer you were looking for, ask the patient's nephrologist youyr question. ...Read more
Veins and lymph: Swelling in the lower extremity has many different causes. This can range from weak veins to an arthritic condition of that area. Different activities can make the condition worse or make the swelling go down depending on the condition. Some things to consider: is there any pain or tenderness or is there a color change. ...Read more
It's not good: I cannot diagnose your problem without more history, but it is not right to throw up blood whether you're pregnant or not. You may be having gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), stomach/duodenal ulcer, a tear in your stomach lining or blood coming out from another source than the gastrointestinal tract such as throat/nose, etc. ...Read more
Ivc filters: Typically do not clot. If it catches a clot that migrated from your legs , then it can thrombose. Leg swelling can result. Tpa and or mechanical devices can be used to restore flow. Also you can be maintained on Aspirin or low dose Coumadin (warfarin) to help keep the filter patent. Talk to your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Alcohol swelling: Beer contains salt which can cause swelling of the preipheral tissues. ...Read more
Flow rate?: Blood may clot in the dialysis circuit if it isn't flowing fast enough. Blood has a tendency to clot if it 'stands still' or slows down enough. The quality of the 'access' ( i.e., usually a fistula) may be a factor here. Additionally, the position of the needles within the fistula may also impact the flow rate. And needless to say, a crimped line will result in clotting if not corrected. Lgromkomd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pores: Keratinous debris, degenerating skin cells, sweat, and oil. Soap and water. ...Read more
No: Moderate exercise has been shown to increase prolactin, a helpful hormone for breast feeding. Strenuous exercise may increase the lactate level in milk which may change the taste a bit. Sweat may introduce a salty taste, so showering before a feeding is reasonable after a workup. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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