Dialysis Dependent Patients May Still Recover Renal Function

The loss of kidney functions is the main reason why patients undergo dialysis treatment, health care providers say, but it does not mimic all the functions of a normal kidney and more people are becoming dependent on this procedure. The occurrence of renal recovery among patients who are dependent with dialysis treatment is possible but rare, according to a study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), in which health care providers need to be aware of this possibility. Some may have better prognosis before they start their treatment but full recover may still not be possible.

Most of the body’s waste product is filtered and excreted by the kidney. If this organ is damaged, the whole body will be ridden with waste that may lead to other health problems. The severe damage to the kidneys forces men and women to undergo continuous dialysis treatment. There are some patients who have gotten better after undergoing treatment because kidney failure is not always a permanent condition. Treatment of acute kidney failure may only require a short period of time in dialysis treatment. Patients may choose between two methods of dialysis – peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis.

Renal function recovery may be possible for acute kidney failure patients who have not been exposed to long-term treatment of dialysis. Still, health care providers keep an open eye for chronic dialysis patients to have some form of renal recovery even though it is rare because the phenomenon is not impossible. Various studies have been conducted to evaluate the data on this phenomenon. Patients may be kept in constant observation and may undergo several diagnostic tests to confirm kidney function recovery.

The chances of recovery may be slim for people with diabetes and high serum albumin level when they started the treatment. 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.

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