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What Are the Complications of Dialysis

2013-03-01 15:20

the Complications of DialysisDialysis may be recommended when the Diabetic Nephropathy develops into kidney failure. This treatment can really prolongs life for many patients, but life expectancy for patients who undergo dialysis is still much less than that for the common people. Moreover, some dialysis patients have to bear the complications of dialysis.

Muscle cramps

They are common during dialysis, but doctors don’t know for sure the reasons causing muscle cramps. Sometimes, they can be eased by changing the intensity and frequency of dialysis.


Anemia is a common complication of kidney failure and of dialysis. The damaged kidneys are failed to produce a kind of steroid called erythropoietin, which stimulates formation of red blood cells. The removal of iron and vitamins by dialysis also can lead to anemia. Blood loss from dialysis can have the same effect.

Low blood pressure

Low blood pressure is the most common side effect of dialysis, particularly if you are a patient with Diabetic Nephropathy. Low blood pressure may be accompanied by muscle cramps, abdominal cramps, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting.

Itchy skin

Itchy skin is often worse during or just after the dialysis.

Sleep problems

Dialysis patients often have trouble sleeping, sometimes because of sleep apnea or because of aching, uncomfortable or restless legs.


Dialysis-related amyloidosis develops when the proteins in blood are deposited in joints and tendons, which causes pain, stiffness and fluid in the joints. It is common in patients who have received dialysis for more than 5 years.


Infections can occur at the site where blood leaves your body and then re-enters.


Many dialysis patients experience depression and anxiety.

As a matter of fact, now more and more dialysis patients are deciding to stop dialysis.

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