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Can Dialysis Cause Kidney Atrophy

Provided by Expert Zhang Youkang on 2014-03-27 02:47

Kidney atrophy is a condition, in which the kidneys diminish in size. It is commonly seen in kidney failure. What is the cause of kidney atrophy? Can dialysis cause kidney atrophy?


Dialysis is a procedure, where the blood is filtered by a machine or abdominal membrane. It is performed periodically and can sweep away a part of metabolic product from body. While it can keep the patients alive, it is not a cure for Kidney Failure. With the extending of dialysis treatment, renal function still keeps deteriorating.

Can dialysis cause kidney atrophy?

Nephrons are the basic functional and structural units of kidneys. Each kidney is composed of around one million nephrons. These nephrons can maintain the kidney structure and renal function.

However, a variety of diseases and conditions can affect the nephrons adversely. When the number of functioning nephrons declines, kidney atrophy will be the result.

As mentioned above, dialysis only can make a partial removal of waste products and toxins from blood. The residual toxins still can cause strain on kidneys, which cause more nephrons to become lost. Therefore, kidneys will shrink further.

Can kidney atrophy be reversed?

Kidney atrophy can not be reversed completely. This is because no treatment can retrieve the necrotic nephrons. However, if there are residual impaired nephrons, the shrunk kidney can be increased in size.

The combination of Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy and Blood Purification is suggested to dialysis patients. These two treatments can function together to bring about renal function improvement.

Blood purification can purify blood thoroughly by eliminating all kinds of waste products and toxins from blood. Then Chinese medicines in Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy can stimulate the self-repairing and self-regenerating of impaired nephrons. If the number of functioning nephrons can increase, the kidneys will increase in size to some extent.

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