Chronic Kidney Disease Patients On Dialysis Should Be Aware Of Tainted Dialysis Fluid Outbreak

The Boston Globe has reported an outbreak of "Tainted Dialysis Fluid" was found among concentrate sold by NxStage Medical Inc. Last month, May 15th, 2014 the company said that approximately 140,000 to 150,000 units of the fluid made between April 2013 and February 2014 were involved but declined to estimate how many patients may have been affected.

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If you are shocked, you have every right to be and you are in good company. “[Patients] are mad that there was no check in place because it’s something people depend on.” Some patients reported that due to the concentration, their aluminum levels were two (2), three (3), or even four (4) times their normal levels which caused them to feel anemic and sick.

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Aluminum is found in many products such as cookware, baking soda, anti-perspirants, antacids, and even Dialysis Fluid in very small amounts that are not harmful. Yet with high exposure over time, Aluminum can build up in the body and lead to memory loss, bone disease, weakness, dementia, and cause you to taste a metal-like flavor. This is especially true in Dialysis patients who usually cannot urinate the metal from their bodies. 

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First, ensure that the Dialysis Fluid you are currently using was not made between April 2013 and February 2014. Do this by checking the label or calling a NxStage Representative. Also, Aluminum toxicity was a problem decades ago when Dialysis patients commonly took drugs that contained Aluminum, but it is very rare today. Therefore, if your lab results show that your Aluminum is out of range, that should be a Red-Flag and you should immediately bring your concern to the attention of your Healthcare Team. 

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NxStage is unsure how the outbreak occurred, but the company said it is working with regulators to get to the bottom of the problem. Its machine, System One, is the only portable Home Dialysis machine currently on the market. Hence although you may still decide to use the machine, be aware of your lab results as well as how you personally feel on a daily basis to ensure that the treatment is safe, and if there is an issue, you can catch it early. 

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