Dialysis Dementia

Dialysis dementia is extreme cognitive decline such as that of Alzheimer’s disease (accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases) associated with chronic dialysis. This neurologic complication has specifically been linked with aluminum toxicity. Lowering aluminum levels in the patients’ dialsates (fluid used in dialysis) and oral medications likewise lowered the incidence of dialysis dementia. Also, dialysis has been found out to increase the risk of dementia among older adults.

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