Volume 9 Issue 166
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-Jun-2007 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Jun-2007

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Hemodialysis dose and adequacy

Provides a detailed explanation of the urea reduction ratio (URR) and Kt/V formulas used to determine whether you are receiving an adequate dose of hemodialysis. more  

Peritoneal dialysis dose and adequacy

Explains the importance of performing all of your exchanges. Describes the procedures used to measure how well your treatments are working. more

Amyloidosis and kidney disease

Describes primary amyloidosis, a disease that can lead to kidney failure, and dialysis-related amyloidosis, a disease that usually develops only after 5 or more years of kidney failure treated with dialysis. more  

Anemia in kidney disease and dialysis

Explains the kidneys' role in making red blood cells and how kidney disease can lead to anemia, the shortage of red blood cells. Explains procedures for diagnosing anemia and lists its treatments, including EPO injections. more

Renal osteodystrophy  

Explains how working kidneys contribute to healthy bones and why kidney disease can lead to bone problems. Covers diagnosis and treatment of renal osteodystrophy, a complication that affects 90 percent of dialysis patients. more

Financial help for treatment of kidney failure 

Briefly describes the Federal Government's insurance program that covers much of the cost of dialysis treatments and transplantation expenses. Lists additional sources of assistance and explains the role of the nephrology social worker. more

Kidney failure: What to expect

Describes the complications of kidney failure and its treatment for patients who have just started dialysis. Discusses symptoms of and remedies for anemia, loss of appetite, nausea, pruritis, sleep disorders, and depression. more

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