Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Dialysis Dependent Patients Capable of Renal Recovery

Patients who have lost all kidney functions because of disease may become dependent with dialysis treatment but this method alone does not cover all the functions of the kidneys, health experts say. In a study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), health care providers are advised to be aware of the possibility of renal recovery among dialysis dependent patients even though the occurrence is rare. Some may have better prognosis before they start their treatment but full recover may still not be possible.

The kidney filters and excretes the waste products from the body and is one of the organs responsible in keeping the balance in the body. If this organ is damaged, the whole body will be ridden with waste that may lead to other health problems. Kidney failure often forces men and women to have continuous dialysis treatment because their kidneys are already severely damaged. There are some patients who have gotten better after undergoing treatment because kidney failure is not always a permanent condition. Dialysis may only be needed for a short period of time when it is an acute kidney failure. Peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis are two of the methods that are used for this kind of treatment.

It is common among patients who have acute kidney injury to regain their renal function especially when they have not yet been using dialysis for a long time. Health care providers may need keep an open eye and determine if the patient is already recovering the lost kidney function. Data on this phenomenon is being gathered through various health studies. Several diagnostic exams may be performed when patients are suspected of recovering their kidneys lost function.

Diabetes and high serum albumin level when starting the treatment may decrease the chances of recovery. While those who have episodes of acute renal failure, low blood sugar, and low serum albumin level before treatment have higher chances of gaining back their health. This helps men and women to follow through with their treatment, even though the possibility is low. Click here to know more about kidney problems, dialysis causes and treatments.

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