Friday, June 26, 2009
Patient missed a whole mess of dialysis in June
One of my dialysis patients suffers from chronic cryptogenic diarrhea. Because of the diarrhea she does not get volume overloaded or hypertensive. This week I received a call from the dialysis unit telling me she has missed 5 treatments in the first 3 weeks of the month. Sure enough the next day she ends up in the hospital, suffering the effects of chronic uremia. She had a bicarbonate of 4, a BUN of 120, and Cr of 16. Potassium was fine at 3.9 but the phos was 16.8 mg/dL. I don't think I have seen one that high, outside of rhabdo.