Kidney Dialysis and Transplants: The 'At Your Fingertips' by Andy Stein, Janet Wild, Richenda Milton-Thompson, David

By Andy Stein, Janet Wild, Richenda Milton-Thompson, David Woodroffe, Jane Taylor

An obtainable reference advisor geared toward kidney failure victims and their households supplying authoritative and sensible information regarding dealing with a kidney from the preliminary analysis to techniques for coping. scientific phrases are defined in layman's language and questions are spoke back that sufferers can be afraid to invite their medical professionals. an inventory of firms to touch for extra support and aid can also be incorporated.

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Ii) When kidney function is 50% of normal, the blood creatinine may be 200 micromoles per litre, and you will feel fine. (iii) When kidney function is 25% of normal, the blood creatinine may be 350 micromoles per litre. Even though you may still feel well, other problems (anaemia, see page 50; renal bone disease, see page 51) may have started to affect you, at least according to your blood tests. (iv) You will start to feel unwell when your kidney function is down to about 10% of normal, and your blood creatinine is about 500 micromoles per litre.

They therefore do not have a ‘target weight’. Kidney patients, on the other hand, are given a target weight (sometimes called a ‘dry weight’) by the medical team in the renal Kidney D&T ayf 10/6/04 6:43 am Page 33 What happens when kidneys fail? 33 unit. This is the body’s weight when it has exactly the right percentage of water to solids. So, if you have been given a target weight of 80 kg, the medical team has estimated that you should have 48 kg of flesh and 32 kg of water in your body (60% flesh/ 40% water).

Is there anything that can be done to prevent this from happening? Only men have a prostate gland. It is located underneath the bladder and usually gets bigger with age. This can make passing urine difficult. It can cause people to have to rush to pass urine in a hurry, or get up to pass urine at night. Symptoms like this often make men go to the doctor, so the enlarged prostate problem can be dealt with by an operation at an early stage. Occasionally, the symptoms are not noticeable, and the large prostate causes back pressure of urine into the kidneys.

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