Does a patient with CRF require any vitamin supplements?The diet should be supplemented with vitamins B, vitamins C and also folic acid. Vitamin D should be reserved for those for treatment with severe Renal Osteodystrophy. It is a condition which result from low calcium in the blood which stimulates secretion of a hormone called as PTH which acts on the bone. These patient will usually have low calcium and a high phosphorous. These patients should be treated with calcium supplements.
h3>Is there any restriction on intake of potassium? The patients should be watchful about their intake of potassium. High potassium containing foods like bananas, tomatoes, oranges, fruit juices should be avoided.
How much water am I permitted if I have chronic renal failure?Intake of water should be based on the individual requirements as assessed by the physician. It is important to note that the patients with chronic renal failure are sensitive both to volume expansion and contraction and therefore should have regular follow up with the physicians. Generally mild fluid restriction is advised about 1–1.5 Lt/day.
How important is it to control the blood pressure in CRF?The treatment of hypertension is extremely important as studies are shown that the control of hypertension slows the process of chronic renal failure.
What is the cause of anemia in CRF?It is related to the deficient Erythropoietin production. Erythropoietin stimulates the bone marrow to produce red blood cells.
Is there any treatment for the anemia?Erythropoietin injections can be used to treat the anemia. It is important to evaluate the iron status prior to starting these injections.
What are the different treatments available for the treatment of end stage renal failure?The following methods are available.
- Peritoneal dialysis.
- Kidney transplant.