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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Hemodialysis and Calcification
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.
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.
Thomas Zipp, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University