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Why Is Phosphorus Dangerous In Dialysis
Avoid dialysis: Yes, it is possible to avoid dialysis in stage 2 kidney, but it is not guaranteed. You need to be under the care of a nephrologist to find out what caused your ckd in the first place. Was it due to poorly treated hypertension and/or diabetes? Was it due to some disease of the disease of the kidney's glomeruli? Find a good nephrologist to increase your chances of not having your ckd progress. ...Read more
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
Copper in vitamins: Agree with dr. Huang about the amount of copper needed daily from food. At proper levels it's essential for enzyme function & promotes heart health & bone strength. Taking extra in vitamin form isn't necessary. In fact, excess inorganic copper has been linked to the development of alzheimer's disease. http://tinyurl.com/kgv37wr and http://tinyurl.Com/mcy8pem a copper-free vitamin could be wise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible that dialysis patients stop their dialysis when the creatinine level became normal.
Depends...: There are many conditions that can result in protein in the urine. Perhaps the most common condition is a urinary tract infection. Unfortunately, if protein in the urine is diagnosed individually without any other signs of infection, the there needs to be a series of studies to assess for causes. These can be benign or progressive. You would need a nephrologist for this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If the majority of potassium in the body is in red blood cells and very little in serum why is serum potassium level used to diagnose hypokalemia?
It's what matters: The serum potassium is in equilibrium with the tissue concentrations, which must be maintained within a very narrow range for the heat to be able to maintain its beat. Your question is a good one and reflects a common misunderstanding. It's not the total body potassium that matters, just the amount that's actually affecting the electrical system outside the heart & brain cells. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is calcitriol for? Is this a dangerous drug? Can it cure low IONIZED CALCIUM and HIGH INTACT PTH? Or simple calcium carbonate is ok?
Active vitamin D: Hi. Calcitriol is the active hormone form of vitamin D. If you are vitamin D deficient, it will make up the loss. However, if your kidneys work and you have normal PTH function, you will make your own calcitriol by just taking over the counter vitamin D and letting your own body make the calcitriol. I've seen your case on here. Isn't your doctor explaining ANYTHING to you? They owe you explanation ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If high creatinine is bad why would military give members creatinine supplements? Turns out this is cause of ckd, served 24 years
High creatinine: Suspect they were not giving creatinine but may creatine? It is not cause of CKD at least I have never heard of taking creatine causing renal disease. Suspect your friend has terms mixed up. This often is a problem in CKD-can't think straight till get on dialysis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My husband has fought conjestive heart failure and low soduim and low potassium , is it safe to be 121 in sodium?
Not safe: Normal lab reference ranges may vary, but a sodium of 121 is likely low regardless of lab. A low sodium and potassium in setting of CHF is likely due to use of diuretics to help remove fluids from his lungs. His doctors should be able to help normalize his sodium and potassium levels, provided his heart condition can be stabilized and kidneys are functioning normally. ...Read more
Depends on age and: type of bilirubin. High bilirubin is most dangerous for newborns and at a level of 20 mg/dL of higher they can get irreversible neurologic damage. In adults it depends more on the cause of elevated bilirubin than bilirubin level per se. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007309.htm ...Read more
3.5 to 5.0-5.5: Generally, the potassium should be kept within normal limits just as for a person without renal disease. Most labs have a normal range of 3.5 on the low end and may be anywhere from 5 to 5.5 on the high end. Potassium is less well eliminated by patients with kidney disease and generally with advanced kidney disease, the potassium intake must be reduced. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Husbands crp protein result is 96. has mild cirrhosis and acute kidney failure. why is it so high? dangerous? what does it mean?
Inflammation: CRP and ESR are both non specific biomarkers for inflammation or acute infection. In itself, neither is harmful, but help to monitor response to treatment or identify a problem. ESR and CRP should be interpreted differently: CRP is more sensitive of the acute phase of inflammation than the ESR. Finding the cause and treatment is key. I wish him well. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am a peritoneal dialysis patient and my phosphorus levels have been running high these last few months. I started getting these sores on my back. ?
My husband is on peritoneal dialysis & takes phosphorus binders. Levels are still elevated & now has calcium deposits in fingers. Any advice?
My son, a dialysis patient due to kidney loss has a scheduled cardiac cath tomorrow. How dangerous is this procedure?
Fairly low risk: Like any arteriogram (dye study accomplished through direct injection into an artery), the risks are 1. Technical and 2. Linked to the dye (contrast). 1.- the needle goes in an artery + a catheter is snaked into another artery (in this case the coronary arteries) + rarely damages the artery lining. 2. Contrast may cause allergic reaction or harm kidney function - not an issue for your son. ...Read more
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). ...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
Phosphorus is an essential mineral. It is important in the formation high energy compounds used by the body, maintaining strong bones and teeth, and muscle and nerve functioning. Meats and milk are a good source of phosphorus. Deficiency is very rare as phosphorus is ...Read more
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