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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Healthy kidneys remove waste from your blood and produce hormones your body needs. If your kidneys fail, you either need a kidney transplant or dialysis. Dialysis is a procedure that uses a machine to perform many of the functions ...

of the kidney. Dialysis can help prevent problems resulting from kidney failure and it allows people with kidney failure to live productive lives. Dialysis filters your blood, and like a health kidney, removes waste from your blood. Patients using dialysis are also required to follow a strict diet in order to stay healthy. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. There are different advantages and disadvantages with both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Talk to your doctor about which type of dialysis would work better for you.

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