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Can Dialysis Cause Seizures


2013-12-19 09:05

Can Dialysis Cause SeizuresSome people suffer from seizures during or after dialysis. Is seizures caused by dialysis? Today let’s have a look at the underlying causes.

What causes seizures for dialysis patients?

Dialysis is a necessary treatment for kidney failure patients. It is to take place of the damaged kidneys to filter the wastes and toxins building up in the blood. Seizures are common in dialysis patients, especially in hemodialysis patients.

-Seizures can also be a manifestation of severe dialysis disequilibrium syndrome.

-People on dialysis are often on medication, and some of these might cause seizures, such as erythropoietin, carbapenem and ertapenem.

-Because dialysis can discharge excess water from the body, it may result in low blood pressure. Between dialysis sessions, blood pressure may increase due to the water retention. Hemodynamic instability can lead to seizures.

-Some substances sometimes can not be filtered totally by dialysis, such as aluminum. Over time, aluminum intoxication can cause dialysis dementia.

From the above, we can see that dialysis can cause seizures. But this can not stop you from taking dialysis. Because many of the causes of seizures are also related to kidney failure:

-Cerebrovasular disease, such as hypertensive encephalopathy, infarction, hemorrhage, and subdural hematoma

-Electrolyte disorders, such as hypercalcemia, hypocalcemia, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, hyponatremia and hypernatremia

-Generalized seizures are an integral feature of advanced uremic encephalopathy

-Alcohol withdrawal

-Air embolism

Treatment to seizures for dialysis patients

If you have seizures during or after dialysis, you should talk with your doctor to find the corresponding treatment.

Seizures is just one of the side effects of dialysis. To get rid of these side effects, you ought to try to improve kidney function so as to say goodbye to dialysis. Some herbs can block kidney fibrosis, repair damaged renal intrinsic cells and rebuild the normal kidney structure. As long as the damaged kidney recovers, you won’t have to take dialysis and you can live like a normal person.

This article can not be in a position to satisfy all the dialysis sufferers. For more information about how to avoid dialysis, you can click the doctor online or leave us a message.


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