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Do You Know the Side Effects and Complications of Dialysis

Dialysis is a lifesaving treatment for those patients with renal failure especially with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Concerning dialysis, Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) are the most common substitute therapies which are widely used in clinical. However, do you know the side effects and complications of dialysis?
Next we will start to talk about the side effects and complications of dialysis respectively.
Hemodialysis has significant effect in eliminating both water fluid and those substances with smaller molecules. It can quickly alleviate the severe urgent complications of ESRD, such as heart failure, hyperkalemia, acidosis, etc. However, it has poor effect in eliminating those substances with relatively bigger molecules. So only the application of Hemodialysis often lead to the accumulation of those big-sized toxins and wastes, which may induce various kinds of complications such as the aggravation of body cavity transudation, etc.The Complications of Peritoneal Dialysis
As for PD, it really has some advantages compared with Hemodialysis, which include the smooth treatment process, no burden added to the kidneys, etc. And it is superior to Hemodialysis in eliminating the medium-molecular substancesas well as in the aspect of easy handling. However, it has a weak effect in removing the smaller materials, so PD is not suitable in the dispose of the emergent cases.
In fact, both dialyses also share some of the same complications and side effects.
The first is infection, which can happen at the dialysis access site for both Hemodialysis and PD. Generally speaking, the access site is in your arm for Hemodialysis, while in PD, the access site is your stomach. It is estimated that ten to fifteen percent patients who are receiving Hemodialysis tend to develop and infection at the venous access site, and you may have redness, swelling, or pain at that region.What Are Side Effects From Hemodialysis
Patients who receive PD are more likely to develop peritonitis, and inflammation in your abdominal lining. And the symptoms for peritonitis include stomach pain or distention, nausea, etc.
Also, both two kind of dialysis can lead to bone diseases, hypertension, hyperkalemia, etc. And the changes of levels in phosphorus, calcium, and vitamin D may happen in your body after dialysis, which can cause damages to your body. And hypertension can lead to a heart attack or stroke; furthermore, hyperkalemia can lead to cardiac arrest, which means the heart stops beating. Another complication for dialysis is the blockage of your access site when you are receiving dialysis, which means that your blood clots may form and prevent the Hemodialysis or abdominal walls from filtering your blood.What Are The Side Effects Of Dialysis
Above is some of the brief side effects and complications for dialysis, especially for Hemodialysis and PD. Knowing these side effects and complications, we can manage everything into control during dialysis. If you are interested and want more, feel free to consult our experts online.

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