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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

Why My Feet Get Swollen With Hemodialysis

2014-08-16 03:06

Why My Feet Get Swollen With HemodialysisHemodialysis is the most common method used to treat advanced and permanent Kidney Failure. Even though dialysis can help the kidney to filter wastes and toxins, it cause some side effects. Many patients complain that they get swollen feet with hemodialysis.

Why my feet get swollen with hemodialysis?

There are several causes that may lead to swollen feet, including:

1. Leakage of large amounts of protein

In the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), kidneys have been severely damaged so that a lot of protein leaks out from the blood into urine. Too much protein loss causes low plasma osmotic pressure and then fluid may retain in patients’feet, resulting in swollen feet.

2. Dialysis deficiency

When hemodialysis fails to remove excessive fluid and waste, these useless materials will retain in patients’ tissues and cause swollen feet.

3. Loss of kidney function

Hemodialysis can only help the kidneys to filter wastes and toxins, but cannot repair the damage kidney tissues. What’s more, during the process of hemodialysis, the kidney does not need to work. Then, the kidney function will keep on losing with a long-term of hemodialysis.

4. Drinking too much water

This may be the least cause of swollen feet because your doctor will direct you to take water with right amount. Hemodialysis is usually taken three times once a week. Drinking too much water during dialysis sessions can cause swelling easily.

What should I do to manage swollen feet with hemodialysis?

I honestly think you should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible because medications may be needed to treat the edema. The swelling, if not treated, can eventually congest the lungs and heart and may be life-threatening. Fluid intake should be closely monitored for you who are on dialysis. Please do not delay action to avoid unwanted circumstances.

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