Replacement of Renal Function by Dialysis

pp 1049-1058

Gastrointestinal Complications in Dialysis Patients

  • Didier A. MandelbrotAffiliated with
  • , J. Michael LazarusAffiliated withNephrology Department, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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Long before the routine use of dialysis, patients dying of uremia were found to have a high incidence of gastrointestinal abnormalities (1). This chapter will address issues relating to the digestive system in dialysis patients, with an emphasis on conditions that affect these patients more commonly than the general population. Improvements in dialysis technique and changes in the patient population undergoing dialysis have modified the spectrum of gastrointestinal diseases seen in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), so the more recent literature will be emphasized