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Could sodium chloride drip be the reason for dialysis?

My father went in for a procedure for gaul bladder infection, he is diabetic, has kidney disease has build up of fluid in lungs and in his legs and at the hospital they put him on a sodium chloride drip, 9 days later, he now has to take insulin and has to go to dialysis.....Can the sodium chloride drip for 9 days be the culprit for the now diagnosed dialysis
Thu, 10 Dec 2015
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Thanks for query .Your father who is known diabetic and has kidney problem developed pulmonary edema during post operative period after surgery for gall bladder infection (Cholecystectomy) .

Please since note that diabetic patients can not be given intravenous glucose hence has to be given Normal saline to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance during surgery and post operative period .

Normal saline never lead to renal failure and pulmonary edema .

It is one of the known common complication in elderly patients with diabetis patients with compromised renal function .

Do not worry he is rightly advised insulin and dialysis and he will definitely come out of this crisis .

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