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Cognitive Functions in Dialysis Patients

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Dr Indranil Dasgupta, UK    13 January 2018

  1. Both hemodynamic and metabolic factors are implicated in CI. Cognition declines significantly over a single HD session, the cause of which is unknown. It has significant implications in terms of timing of patient review and advice, and driving and other tasks.
  2. Cognition testing should be routinely offered. There is a need for further research into underlying causes of CI in HD patients and specifically over an HD session with a view to developing management strategies.

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