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Why do Patients on Hemodialysis Suffer from Leg Cramps and Seizures

2013-09-06 11:09

Why do Patients on Hemodialysis Suffer from Leg Cramps and SeizuresHemodialysis is a renal replacement therapy for people who have Chronic Kidney Disease that has progressed to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) wherein kidney function declines below 15% or less. Patients who are taking this treatment may suffer from some side effects such as leg cramps and seizures. Why? Chat with our online doctor directly for free advice!

Leg cramps on hemodialysis

At times, patients experience muscle cramps while undergoing this treatment. These cramps, usually in legs, may be uncomfortable or sometimes painful.

The actual cause of this problem varies with different patients. It often occurs in conditions including: 1) when fluid is taken out of the body at a fast rate during dialysis; 2) too much fluid is removed. Contact the health care professional as early as possible if a cramp happens to get remedies for alleviating this discomfort.

Seizures on hemodialysis

Seizures are not uncommon in patients undergoing hemodialysis. It mainly occurs due to factors including:

a. Uremic encephalopathy - a brain disorder that develops due to a complex pathophysiology.

b. Dialysis disequilibrium syndrome - a central nervous system disorder that occurs primarily due to cerebral edema.

c. Dialysis dementia - a disorder mainly seen among long-term dialysis patients.

In addition, other causes of this problem also include hypotension, high blood pressure, imbalance of electrolytes, certain drugs, cerebrovascular diseases, etc. Patients are suggested to talk to their doctors and find the exact cause. If you would like to get personalized advice, please Email us at kidney-support@hotmail.com.

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