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Why does kidney dialysis only work for a certain time?

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Dr. Anthony Cusano
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
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In brief: Duration of dialysis

The limits of kidney dialysis are due to dialysis access issues, inflammation from artificial membrane exposure, exposure to toxic medications to control the metabolic effects of kidney disease, and the complications of kidney failure that dialysis cannot totallyprevent, like cardiovascular disease, calcium, phosphorus vitamin d and PTH abnormalities, and peripheral or autonomic nerve damage.

In brief: Duration of dialysis

The limits of kidney dialysis are due to dialysis access issues, inflammation from artificial membrane exposure, exposure to toxic medications to control the metabolic effects of kidney disease, and the complications of kidney failure that dialysis cannot totallyprevent, like cardiovascular disease, calcium, phosphorus vitamin d and PTH abnormalities, and peripheral or autonomic nerve damage.
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Dr. Linda Gromko
As a home dialysis partner for my husband for several years, I'd echo that the best thing to replace kidney function is a functioning kidney: transplant! If you are facing dialysis, consider having yourself evaluated to receive a donated kidney - either from a living donor (preferably someone you are related to), or from a deceased person who elected to be an organ donor before death. Good luck. LGromkoMD
Dr. Andrew Doe
Radiology - Interventional

In brief: It's not...

It's not that it only works for a "certain period of time".
It is that the only time the machine can function as your kidneys is when it is hooked up to you. Thus, unless you are on the machine constantly, you will have periods when the substances filtered by your kidneys are just collecting in your blood..

In brief: It's not...

It's not that it only works for a "certain period of time".
It is that the only time the machine can function as your kidneys is when it is hooked up to you. Thus, unless you are on the machine constantly, you will have periods when the substances filtered by your kidneys are just collecting in your blood..
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