There are several risks associated with dialysis. Today, elderly patients constitute an increasing percentage of dialysis population. Survival and quality of life after dialysis in the elderly are acceptable despite their complicated medical and psychosocial conditions. In particular, peritoneal dialysis appears to be a better mode of dialysis than hemodialysis in the elderly. Risks include any of the following: bleeding from the access point, hypotension, infections, electrolyte Imbalance, cramps, nausea and headaches. It is best that you discuss this with your grandmother's nephrologist. Her medical history, physical examination and presence of co-morbidities are important in evaluating her for this procedure.
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