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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.

How to Treat Convulsions in Dialysis

2013-08-15 10:52

how to treat convulsions in dialysisConvulsions also refer to seizures that are common for patients on dialysis. In some cases, patients may even have several seizure episode but their doctor doesn’t tell them the reason. To help these patients have an overall understanding about this problem, today, we will introduce the causes and treatments of convulsions on dialysis.

What causes convulsion in dialysis?

Generally, convulsion appears during or shortly after the dialysis, because of the following factors associated to hemodynamic and biochemical changes:

● Too much fluid taken off: If too fluid is filtered out in one dialysis treatment, convulsion may occur along with.

● Uremic toxins: MG and PMNE are two kinds of uremic toxins that have a close link with seizures.

Dialysis disequilibrium syndrome: This dialysis side effect has a high incidence and can cause nausea, vomiting,dysphorien, etc. In severe cases, convulsion, coma, or even death may occur.

● Hemodynamic instability: Dialysis can easily lead to high blood pressure or low blood pressure, both of which may be the reasons of convulsions.

● Electrolyte disorders: Even though dialysis can replace part of kidney filtration function, it can’t help keep electrolyte balance effectively. Hypocalcemia, hypoglycemia, hyponatremia, etc.

Besides, some other conditions may also result in convulsions for dialysis patients. If you are also faced with this problem, try to find out the responding treatment.

How to treat convulsions in dialysis?

The effective treatment should depend on the cause. If yours is due to too much fluid taken off, try to modify your dry weight during your next dialysis treatment with doctors’ guidance. If your convulsion is caused by uremic toxins, you may need to change a blood purification method such as plasma exchange and immune adsorption.

No matter what is the direct cause of your problem, low kidney function is the root cause. Only if your kidney function is improved successfully, your convulsion as well as your overall health can be reversed. Maybe, it is possible to get rid of dialysis.

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