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In many ways this booklet is a workforce attempt. many folks have helped me in writing it. to start with, I thank my spouse who learn the manuscript two times correcting grammatical mistakes and spelling and clarifying many sentences. Secondly, I thank buddies and associates 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; pass over Mary Williams, Mr Robert Minor and Mr Richard Viner who as sufferers learn a few sections and made valuable feedback. My thank you are because of omit Veronica Adams who typed lots 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 help enabled this e-book to be released. The editorial employees of MTP Press were very worthwhile, quick and effective in publishing the textual content. If any reader desires to be aware of extra approximately renal disorder, there 7 PREFACE are a number of sturdy introductory books on renal medication to be had. i'm yes that the neighborhood public library could be happy to aid. Any components of this e-book which are improper or deceptive are my accountability. If an individual has the power to indicate mistakes to me i'm going to try and right them in any next edition.

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Each time an obstruction occurs the kidney is damaged a little bit more. Kidney stones often develop on both sides. It is perfectly feasible for a surgeon to treat stones but there is a tendency for them to recur. Infection is often present in a kidney affected by stones. 3 A stone in the renal pelvis 34 CAUSES AND SYMPTOMS OF KIDNEY FAILURE cause progressive kidney damage. Some of these patients will require dialysis. Reflux of urine This condition is more frequent in children than adults but damage which has begun in childhood may not become evident until adult life.

Phosphate is one of the constituents of all foods. It is rapidly excreted by normal kidneys. In kidney failure, phosphate, like urea, builds up in the blood. If there is a persistent high blood concentration of phosphate it can combine with calcium in the blood. The calciumphosphate mixture is then deposited in blood vessel walls and damages them. Such damage can be avoided if the blood phosphate is kept about normal. There are two drugs which can be taken to reduce the amount of phosphate which is absorbed from the intestines.

Many renal units have a holiday chalet where the patient may go and stay with family and spouse. These chalets have an artificial kidney in a separate room where the patient can treat himself during the course of his holiday. PREPARATION FOR DIALYSIS Since the mid to late I970S much progress has been made enabling dialysis patients to take holidays. A CAPD patient can now obtain dialysate in any part of the developed world. Arrangements are made by courtesy of the manufacturer. There are several portable kidney machines so that haemodialysis is possible almost anywhere provided that there is water and electricity.

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