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What causes weakness in a dialysis patient?

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Dr. T Shobha Deepak

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Posted on Sat, 28 Jun 2014 in Kidney Conditions
Question: My father was lot of weakness right now he dont go anywhere with out help he was do dialysis regularly twice a week hemoglobin is 9 to day
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Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Will require thorough evaluation

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Greetings of the day

Dear Ms XXXXX,

The cause for symptoms of weakness could be due to many factors, which could be due to following

1. Anemia: Anemia of chronic renal insufficiency
2. Hyper phosphatemia
3. Electrolyte imbalance
4. Adverse effect of long term dialysis
5. Vitamin and Iron deficiency


I would suggest you the following

1. Thorough evaluation and assessment from nephrologist
2. Erythropoetin Injection: Anemia of renal insufficiency will require Erythropoetin injection.
3. Vitamin supplementation
4. Hematinics
5. Diet for renal insufficiency patients to be followed
6. Ensure adequate intake of salt
7. Control of diabetis: Get fasting blood sugar, post prandial blood sugar and Glycosylated hemoglobin


Do get back to me if you need any further assistance, will be glad to assist you

Take Care

Best Regards
Dr T Shobha Deepak
MBBS,MD
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