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

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Dr. Elie El-Charabaty
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Elie El-Charabaty
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Dr. Jerry Light
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Probably not

No one can tell you are on dialysis just by looking at you.
If they are familiar with dialysis however, they can tell if they can see your access, graft or fistula. If your access is in your arm, make sure you wear something to cover it up if you don't want others to see it.

In brief: Probably not

No one can tell you are on dialysis just by looking at you.
If they are familiar with dialysis however, they can tell if they can see your access, graft or fistula. If your access is in your arm, make sure you wear something to cover it up if you don't want others to see it.
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