Kidney Dialysis Complications

Learn how your age, health condition, pregnancy, medical history and more could impact potential Kidney Dialysis complications.

Kidney Dialysis Risk Factors

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Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have hemodialysis, your doctor will review a list of possible complications. These may include:

  • Lowering your red blood count and causing anemia
  • Drop in blood pressure during hemodialysis
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Infection
  • Feeling hot, sweaty, weak, and/or dizzy
  • Inflammation of the heart sac ( pericarditis )
  • Neurologic problems
  • Disruption of calcium and phosphorus balance, resulting in weakened bones

Also, having heart problems is a factor that may increase the risk of complications from hemodialysis.


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