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How does phosphorus affect people on dialysis?

When people are on dialysis phosphorus can build up in the blood because the kidneys no longer work or do not work well. Normal kidneys help to get rid of phosphorus. A high level of phosphorus in the blood can cause weak and brittle bones, bone pain and itching. Also, high phosphorus can cause calcium to settle inside the blood vessels. When calcium builds up in the blood vessels they can become clogged. This can cause problems for transplant surgery.

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