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Dialysis

What is dialysis?

Dialysis is a kind of replacement therapy which plays a role as artificial kidneys to eliminate metabolite out of human body through blood purification of two modes: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. On one wants to take it through it is unavoidable under certain condition.

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What creatinine level requires dialysis?

Generally speaking, dialysis is commonly suggested to patients when their creatinine level reaches 5.0mg/DL. As a matter of fact, there is no direct relation between creatinine level and dialysis that urgent dialysis should be started when certain situations appear even though your creatinine level is not that high, which includes serum potassium level for more than 7mmol/L, BUN level exceeds 54mmol/L, pH level for less than 7.25, etc. Nevertheless, dialysis can be postponed if your creatinine level exceeds normal level drastically without obvious complications while still have some certain urine output. In a word, dialysis should be applied according to specific condition.

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What are the pros and cons of dialysis?

Pros:

Dialysis takes the place of kidneys to maintain daily functional operation of human body, which is able to eliminate blood stasis of small molecule such as wastes, toxins, excess salt and fluid out of blood flow so as to keep the balance of water, electrolyte and acid-base. Besides, it helps control blood pressure, keep patients alive and feeling better. Hemodialysis is a good short-term solution, which allows patients to find a donor or be treated by other treatment which helps recover kidney function. Peritoneal dialysis is neat and convenient that patients don’t need to go to a hospital 3-4 times a week for up to 6-8 hours, which can be done in the comfort of your own home while you are asleep.

Cons:

While it is very time-consuming, dialysis is a change in lifestyle since you spend about 12 hours a week dialyzing. Diet changes entirely and patients will always be at risk for infections. Moreover, it brings about numerous complications like headaches, itching, leg cramps, chest pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, which is halfway and temporary method rather than treating CKD fundamentally from the root causes.Patients may notice the decreased urine output, which indicates decline of renal function.

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What is the life expectancy for dialysis patients?

In fact, it is inapposite to confirm specific life expectancy attributes to varying condition of individuals which have distinct diseased cause, region and degree. Some related materials show that the average life expectancy for dialysis patients is 4.25 years while only 23% of dialysis patients can live for 10 years.

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Why do more and more dialysis patients want to stop dialysis?

With the development of medical treatment, increasing patients have realized that dialysis aims at easing superficial renal problems temporarily and perfunctorily rather than remedying damaged structures and functions of nephron from the origin. The gradual decrease in urine output can tell the gradual loss of kidney function with long-term of dialysis treatment. Moreover, it brings a mass of side effects, which is inconducive to promote live quality.

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Can dialysis be stopped?

It is safe to say that dialysis is able to be stopped in most cases with timely and effective treatment. While kidney transplant used to be the only way to avoid dialysis, natural treatments are applied latterly to purify blood flow as well as supplement deficient elements, thus repairing renal injuries and restoring renal functions fundamentally. These medicable therapies include Blood Pollution Therapy, Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy, Immunotherapy, etc.

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