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Blood Clot Analysis in Kidney Failure Patients Could Predict Risk of Early Death

Posted on January 9, 2017 by Disability Help Group

When a doctor diagnoses a patient with kidney failure, s/he usually also places that person on dialysis to ease symptoms. Once on dialysis, patients have a higher risk of developing fatal cardiovascular conditions. Doctors believe this is due to the altered coagulation of their blood.

Researchers at the RWTH University Aachen in Germany recently examined the blood clots of 171 patients with chronic hemodialysis. The researchers analyzed the structure of the clots and found those with kidney disease often had a denser clot type than those without kidney disease.

Furthermore, patients on dialysis had clots that contained fibrinogen — a protein present in clot formation — with modifications different from non-kidney disease patients.

The combination of these differences leads to a higher risk of cardiovascular death and episodes such as stroke. These findings could help doctors improve dialysis treatment methods to reduce the clotting issues.

Additionally, the research, published in The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, has a potential for use in developing medications that would reduce clots or alter their structure to make them less likely to cause early death of kidney disease patients.

Kidney Failure and Dialysis Can Prevent You from Working

Kidney disease and kidney failure could qualify you for Social Security disability benefits if they prevent you from working. Dialysis can take a toll on patients. In addition to the lethargy it causes, having to attend dialysis appointments can make holding a normal job schedule impossible.

Patients who are waiting on or have a kidney transplant might also qualify if their pre- or post-transplant conditions are severe enough to keep them from working and earning a regular income.

If you or a loved one has a chronic kidney ailment, let us help you recover disability compensation. Call 800-800-2009 to schedule a consultation with a disability advocate at the Disability Help Group.