Complications in Diabetic Nephropathy Patients Undergoing Dialysis

The complications of dialysis for diabetic nephropathy patients


Infection is a common complication of dialysis. The peritonitis is one form which can cause fever, nausea, vomiting and stomach pain. One the other hand, skin infections are also should be paid attention to. The infections may be caused by the access area of dialysis. So, keeping the access area clean is very important.

Low blood pressure

Low blood pressure is also called hypotension which occurs when too much fluid is removed from the blood during dialysis. This can cause pressure to drop, and nausea and dizziness can result. Before starting dialysis, people don’t take medication for high blood pressure. This could cause further drops in pressure and more discomfort. Monitor your blood pressure during dialysis. If it drops, tell the dialysis team in case of dangerous events.


Itching skin is a serious problem for diabetic nephropathy patients. Itching skin can be caused by a large amount of harmful substances in the body. When end-stage renal disease happens, itching skin would occur. On the other hand, it may be caused by the high phosphorous levels because phosphorous can not be effectively removed by dialysis. Therefore, food rich in phosphorous is restricted for people such as banana, potato, peanut, mango, etc.


Anemia is a common complication of dialysis. Anemia happens when your red blood cells are in short supply. Red blood cells carry oxygen from your lungs to all parts of your body, giving you the energy you need for your daily activities. Healthy kidneys can produce hormones erythropoietin which can regulate red blood cells production. If you get anemia, you may look pale, feel tired and have little energy for your daily activities.

Sexual problems

Sexual problem is a complication of dialysis which affects people’s sexual life. People with dialysis may have loss of desire, erectile dysfunction and vaginal dryness. Patients suffering from these issues need to talk to their doctors.

Complications of dialysis are serious that may make people suffer a lot.

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