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Name: judyh
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I have read that dialysis patients are very susceptible to sleep apnea. Why would they be especially at risk?

I do not know the direct relationship between dialysis and sleep apnea, but here are a few facts which might suggest why: Sleep apnea may be triggered by abnormal proportions of blood gases. Dialysis may upset the balance of blood gases and thus increase the likelihood of apnea. Dialysis patients exhibit high risk of developing neurological disorders, such as seizures, brain hemorrhage, and strokes. There is even a peculiar syndrome called dialysis dementia, characterized by dementia, dyspraxia, facial grimaces, and abnormal EEG. Some research suggests that these may be caused by high brain aluminum concentrations, and the source of aluminum is controversial. Another possible cause is that dialysis patients are usually regularly given anticoagulant medication, which may disturb neural circulation. In any case, dialysis seems to affect neural function, and one symptom may be sleep apnea.


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