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In many ways this publication is a workforce attempt. many folks have helped me in writing it. to begin with, I thank my spouse who learn the manuscript two times correcting grammatical error and spelling and clarifying many sentences. Secondly, I thank buddies and co-workers at St. Mary's clinic, together with Mrs Jean Emerson, Renal Unit Social employee and Mrs June Morgan, Senior Dietician, either one of whom contributed technical info; Sisters Christine Holmes and Malinie Polpitiye who learn and criticized a few chapters; omit Mary Williams, Mr Robert Minor and Mr Richard Viner who as sufferers learn a few sections and made invaluable feedback. My thank you are as a result of leave out Veronica Adams who typed many of the manuscript and in addition to Mrs June Marshall and leave out Joyce Meadows who helped with typing and lots more and plenty photocopying. i have to thank Travenol Laboratories constrained whose beneficiant monetary aid enabled this booklet to be released. The editorial employees of MTP Press were very beneficial, fast and effective in publishing the textual content. If any reader desires to be aware of extra approximately renal affliction, there 7 PREFACE are numerous strong introductory books on renal medication to be had. i'm yes that the neighborhood public library might be happy to aid. Any elements of this e-book which are incorrect or deceptive are my accountability. If a person has the strength to show error to me i'll attempt to right them in any next edition.

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1 A diagram of a polycystic kidney 32 CAUSES AND SYMPTOMS OF KIDNEY FAILURE Miscellaneous Causes of Renal Failure There are more than 30 different causes of renal failure and the above outline has only covered the more common. Others are worth mention: Chronic Pyelonephritis This condition occurs much more frequently in women than in men. The cause is poorly understood. It is thought to be due to infections of the kidneys in childhood perhaps unnoticed at the time by child or parents. The infection does not always fully die away and may smoulder for fifteen years or more without causing symptoms.

5). 5 The diagram shows a normal right kidney and a damaged left kidney. The left kidney has suffered due to persistent reflux of urine from the bladder up the ureter some back up to the kidneys. This is called reflux. Kidneys are not designed to work against back pressure and persistent reflux may slowly reduce renal function. Such loss of function is particularly likely to occur if the urine is infected. Unfortunately, in people with urinary reflux, infections are much more common than in people with normal urinary tracts.

This is connected by a fine tube to the arterial line. During haemodialysis an infusion pump slowly delivers the heparin into the line to prevent clotting. (8) The 'arterial' and 'venous' needles have to be inserted into the fistula at about this stage. This is the worst part of dialysis for most patients and causes most anxiety. The forearm is thoroughly cleansed with antiseptic. A small quantity of local anaesthetic is injected under the skin just over the fistula. Next, the fistula needle is pushed through the anaesthetized area into the vein of the fistula.

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