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Dialysis Fluid For Sodium And Potassium Dialysis Fluid


Dialysis Fluid For Sodium And Potassium Dialysis Fluid

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What is this test?

Dialysis fluid for sodium and potassium dialysis fluid is a test performed to measure the level of sodium and potassium in the dialysis fluid. This is performed in individuals with end-stage kidney disease who are on dialysis.

What is the role of sodium and potassium in dialysis fluid?

Sodium and potassium are two important minerals needed for the body. They are naturally present in food items that we take in our day to day life. These are important for the body to regulate the water balance and maintain pH levels in the body. They are filtered through the kidney and removed via urine from the body.

Individuals with kidney diseases may have poorly functioning or nonfunctioning kidneys. In such individuals, the removal of these minerals may be less or does not occur. Accumulation of these minerals in more than the required quantities within the body may cause certain health issues. Therefore individuals who do not have a properly functioning kidney should follow a restricted low sodium and potassium diet. Dietitians may help such individuals by suggesting a proper sodium and potassium diet intake plan. Individuals with end-stage kidney disease this restricted diet alone may not be enough to control sodium and potassium levels, so dialysis is needed.

Dialysis is a process of removal of wastes, toxins, and excess water from the blood in individuals whose kidneys are not functioning properly. Dialysis fluid consists of purified water, glucose and a varying concentration of electrolytes. It is prepared according to the needs of different individuals. The dialysis fluid after the dialysis process is sometimes examined for the presence of sodium and potassium levels. In this test, sodium and potassium levels are checked in the dialysis fluid. High levels of these minerals in the fluid may indicate high intake than the restricted diet.

Why this test is performed?

This test is performed to check the sodium and potassium levels in the dialysis fluid. The doctor may ask to perform this test in individuals receiving dialysis and who follows restricted low sodium and potassium diet. This test is also recommended in individuals receiving dialysis if your doctor suspects a fluid overload due to high sodium intake or if you experience signs and symptoms of fluid overload such as swelling, shortness of breath, stomach discomfort, heart problems or high blood pressure, etc.

How often this test is performed?

Individuals receiving dialysis may have to perform this test on a regular basis as instructed by the doctor.

Also known as Dialysis Fluid for Sodium and Potassium.

Test Preparation

Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your Dialysis Fluid For Sodium And Potassium Dialysis Fluid. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Dialysis Fluid For Sodium And Potassium Dialysis Fluid.

No specific preparation is necessary for this test. However, follow all the instructions given by your healthcare provider.

Understanding your test results

If the test results show high levels of sodium and potassium than the normal range in the dialysis fluid may indicate a high intake of sodium and potassium than the restricted diet in individuals with kidney disease.

If the test results show low levels of sodium and potassium than the normal range in the dialysis fluid it may indicate inadequate intake of sodium and potassium as per the scheduled diet plan in individuals with kidney disease.

If you get abnormal test results, consult with your doctor immediately. Based on the test results, your doctor may advise you appropriate medical treatments or further diagnostic tests.

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UNISEXAll age groups136 - 140 mEq/L
UNISEXAll age groups0 - 4mEq/L
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