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.
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
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.
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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