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==[[Dialysis-associated hypotension]]==
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{{Dialysis complications DDX}}
==[[Dialysis disequilibrium syndrome]]==
 
*Diagnosis of exclusion (r/o SDH, CVA)
 
*Clinical syndrome occurring at end of dialysis
 
**Occurs most commonly during initial dialysis or during hypercatabolic states
 
**Large solute clearances -> cerebral edema
 
*Symptoms
 
**N/V, HTN; can progress to seizure, coma, death
 
*Treat w/ mannitol
 
  
==Air Embolism==
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{{AV shunt complications DDX}}
*Acute dyspnea, chest tightness, LOC, cardiac arrest
 
*Treat w/ 100% NRB
 
  
==Vascular Access Complications==
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===Peritoneal Dialysis Complications===
===Thrombosis and Stenosis===
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*[[Peritoneal dialysis-associated peritonitis]]
*Most common causes of inadequate dialysis flow
 
**Loss of bruit and thrill over access
 
*Stenosis and even thrombosis are not emergencies
 
**Can be treated w/in 24hr by angiographic clot removal or angioplasty
 
**Thrombosis of vascular access can be treated w/ direct injection of alteplase 2.2mg
 
***This therapy should be discussed with the vascular surgeon first
 
  
===Infection===
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===Cardiovascular===
*Pts often p/w signs of systemic [[sepsis]] ([[fever]], [[hypotension]], leukocytosis)
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*[[Cardiac tamponade]]
**Classic signs of pain, erythema, swelling, d/c from infected access are often missing
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*[[Pericarditis]]
*Dialysis catheter–related bacteremia is common and potentially life-threatening
 
**Give [[vancomycin]] 1gm IV +/- genamicin 100mg IV (if gram neg suspected)
 
**Do not remove dialysis patient's access
 
*Draw peripheral and catheter [[blood cultures]] simultaneously
 
**4x higher colony count in catheter blood cx suggests catheter is source of bacteremia
 
***Even so catheter is only removed if fever persists for 2-3d after abx are started
 
  
===Hemorrhage===
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{{ESRD Associated Skin Conditions}}
*Potentially life-threatening
 
*Can result from aneurysms, anastomosis rupture, or over-anticoagulation
 
*Control bleeding w/ pressure applied to puncture site for 5-10min; observee for 1-2hr
 
*Types
 
**Aneursym (true)
 
***Most are asymptomatic; rarely rupture
 
**Pseudoaneurysm
 
***Results from subcutaneous extravasation of blood from puncture sites
 
***Bleeding from puncture site is usually controlled by digital pressure or subq suture
 
***Consider vascular surgery consultation for continued bleeding or infection
 
***Arterial Doppler US studies can identify the aneurysm or pseudoaneurysm
 
===Vascular insufficiency===
 
*Distal extremity becomes ischemic due shunting of arterial blood to venous side
 
**Exercise pain, nonhealing ulcers, cool, pulseless digits
 
**Diagnosed by Doppler US or angiography, repaired surgically
 
===High-output heart failure===
 
*Occurs when >20% of cardiac output is diverted through the access
 
**Branham sign (drop in HR after temporary access occlusion) is diagnostic
 
**Doppler US can accurately measure access flow rate and establish the diagnosis
 
**Tx = surgical banding of the access
 
  
==Peritoneal Dialysis Complications==
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===Altered Mental Status===
===Peritonitis===
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*Hypotension
====Background====
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*[[Hypoglycemia]]
*Most common complication
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*[[Hypercalcemia]] / [[Hyperkalemia]] / [[Hyponatremia]]
*Presentation no different from other causes of peritonitis
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*[[Subdural hematoma]]
====Diagnosis====
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*[[Dysequilibrium syndrome]] - diagnosis of exclusion made after admission
*Send dialysate fluid for cell count, Gram stain, cx (if available)
 
**Cell count >100 w/ >50% neutrophils most c/w infection
 
====Treatment====
 
*Can add [[antibiotic] to the dialysate if possible (parenteral abx not required)
 
**1st gen [[cephalosporin]] or [[vancomycin]] (if pen allergic)
 
  
==Source==
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==References==
Tintinalli
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[[Category:Nephro]]
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[[Category:Renal]]
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[[Category:Vascular]]

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