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What Happens If One Stops Kidney Dialysis

2013-03-28 11:48

Kidney dialysis is a life-sustaining medical method for End Stage Kidney Failure patients. It can not repair kidney damages and improve kidney function, so once start dialysis, patients need to do it regularly. Kidney dialysis is helpful, but torturous, so many kidney failure patients have the though to stop dialysis. However, what will happen if one stop kidney dialysis?

For End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients, dialysis plays the role of discharging toxins out of the blood. When kidney dialysis is stopped, toxins build up in the blood, which can cause various symptoms:

1.When toxins affect digestive tract, patient will experience nausea, vomiting, poor appetite and bad taste in mouth.

2. Toxins in blood also can affect patient’s respiratory system, leading to deep breath, hard breath and shortness of breath and so on.

3. One of the toxins is called urea nitrogen, excess of which can cause dry skin, and itchy skin.

4. Because of serious kidney damages, kidneys can not secrete enough EPO, the abbreviation of erythropoietin and essential component of red blood cells, leading to renal anemia which can bring patients tiredness, pale complexion and shortness of breath and so on.

5. When nerve sytem is affected because of too much toxins in blood, discomforts like headache, insomnia and memory loss will appear.

6. Cardiovascular disease: cardiovascular disease is the most fatal complication of kidney failure. Compared with kidney failure patients who are on dialysis, these who stops kidney failure are more likely to die of cardiovascular problems.

Dialysis is a must for people with end stage kidney failure because of high toxins in the blood. Without timely clearance, toxins build up and circulate with blood. They may damage any part of patient’s internal organs, which always become the final cause of patient’s death. According to clinical survey, the average survival time is eight (8) days when one stops kidney dialysis.

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