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Kidney Diseases

Hemodialysis and Calcification

08/11/2009

Question:

My question is: is there any solution or treatment of calcification in hemodialysis patients? Or is there a possibility of reducing the level of calcification in blood vessels? Thank you.

Answer:

Control phosphorous levels so that they remain normal, with a phosphate binder. Use a phosphate binder that does not contain calcium. Use a dialysate that is low in calcium. Control BP and blood sugar (if you are diabetic). Use cholesterol lowering agents. Control hyperparathyroidism.

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Response by:

Thomas   Zipp, MD Thomas Zipp, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University