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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.

Common Complications of Hemodialysis

2014-08-19 03:35

Common Complications of HemodialysisHemodialysis, like a coin, has both advantages and disadvantages. To know the risks or complication can help the patients and doctor take proper measures in case of more serious problems.

1. Low blood pressure (Hypotension)

A drop in blood pressure is a common side effect of hemodialysis, particularly if you have diabetes. Low blood pressure may be accompanied by shortness of breath, abdominal cramps, muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting.

2. Muscle cramps

Although the cause is not clear, muscle cramps during hemodialysis are common. Sometimes the cramps can be eased by adjusting the hemodialysis prescription. Adjusting fluid and sodium intake between hemodialysis treatments may also help prevent symptoms during treatments.

3. Itching

Many people who undergo hemodialysis have itchy skin, which is often worse during or just after the procedure.

4. Sleep problems

People receiving hemodialysis often have trouble sleeping, sometimes because of breaks in breathing during sleep, aching, or restless legs.

5. Anemia

Not having enough red blood cells in your blood (anemia) is a common complication of kidney failure and hemodialysis. Failing kidneys reduce production of a hormone called erythropoietin (EPO), which stimulates formation of red blood cells. Diet restrictions, poor absorption of iron, frequent blood tests, or removal of iron and vitamins by hemodialysis also can contribute to anemia.

6. Bone diseases

If your damaged kidneys are no longer able to process vitamin D, which helps you absorb calcium, your bones may weaken.

7. High blood pressure (hypertension). If you consume too much salt or drink too much fluid, your high blood pressure is likely to get worse and lead to heart problems or strokes.

8. Fluid overload

Since fluid is removed from your body during hemodialysis, drinking more fluids than recommended between hemodialysis treatments may cause life-threatening complications, such as heart failure or fluid accumulation in your lungs (pulmonary edema).

9. High potassium levels (hyperkalemia)

Potassium is a mineral that is normally removed from the body by the kidneys. If you eat more potassium than recommended, your potassium level may become too high. In severe cases, too much potassium can cause your heart to stop.

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