Is it normal procedure for an AIDS/HIV patient to be given dialysis when the kidneys are not producing urine and then discontinue dialysis once the kidneys begins producing urine again without keeping the patient on dialysis until the kidneys stop producing again? The patient is retaining fluid throughout the body and lungs, heart is slightly enlarged, liver is having problems and blood is sepsis. Dialysis was given again and stopped once vitals were back up and kidneys started producing again. I don’t understand why the patient is not given dialysis at least once a week if the problem continues to reoccur at least once every two weeks. My concern is the organs are being put through turmoil and eventually begin shutting down.

Dialysis is not used to prevent kidney disease but rather to replace kidney function until the kidneys recover function on their own.  I’m not sure I can make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) can cause many different forms of kidney disease, however I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you provide.  I suggest that you seek clarification from the nephrologist who is caring for this person.


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