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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.

The Side Effects of Dialysis for Stage 5 PKD

2013-07-25 17:47

Stage 5 Polycystic Kidney Disease means more than 85% of kidney function has damaged for PKD patients. In this condition, these patients may have to begin dialysis without matched kidney donor. Whether you have begun dialysis or is going to do it, getting an overview of side effects of dialysis is essential.

What are side effects of dialysis for Stage 5 PKD?

The following is some most common symptoms and complications that may occurs during or after dialysis treatment.

● Skin problems

Itchy or dry skin are two common skin problems that dialysis patients complain of. This is because even though dialysis can help kidney remove wastes products and toxins but not all. Phosphorous is just one substance that dialysis can’t eliminate effectively. Excess phosphorus deposition in the body can lead to skin itching. In addition, low calcium level and high parathyroid hormone (PTH) are another causes for skin problems.

● Low blood pressure

It is the most common side effect of kidney dialysis especially hemodialysis, and it occurs when too much fluid is removed from the blood during dialysis treatment. Nausea, vomiting and dizziness may also appear along with.

● Muscle cramp

In some cases, patients suffer from muscle cramps usually in the legs while they are undergoing dialysis. This uneasy symptom may be due to fluid removed from the blood quickly or a large amount of fluid removed.

● Infection

Before beginning dialysis, a fistula is needed to do as the access of dialyzate. However, this access area also carries a high risk for becoming infected or clotted with blood. In addition, bleeding may occur caused by blood thinning medications.


Dialysis is a kidney replacement therapy, but it can’t do anything for damaged kidney cells. Only if your damaged kidney cells recover to work and your kidney function is improved, you may avoid dialysis or further dialysis successfully, let alone side effects of kidney dialysis.

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