Are there any serious complications from dialysis?

Serious complications can develop from dialysis, especially if your treatment plan is not followed correctly or if your symptoms are not monitored carefully. For example, healthy kidneys can filter substances, such as protein, better than dialysis can. A buildup of proteins in the blood can cause symptoms similar to arthritis pain, stiffness, and fluids in the joints. Excess fluid is another concern during dialysis; this can cause heart failure or fluid in the lungs. You must also be aware of potential infection, which can occur at the access site. Following a consistent dialysis treatment plan and appropriate diet will help avoid or lessen the severity of some of the more serious complications related to dialysis.

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