How Do Dialysis Patients Prevent Steal Syndrome

Dialysis Steal Syndrome is a rare and serious complication of hemodialysis patients, with an incidence of 4%-10%. It is common in diabetes, peripheral vascular disease and elderly patients. Early diagnosis and surgical intervention can prevent permanent motor, nerve or tissue damage.

What are clinical symptoms of Steal Syndrome?

Steal Syndrome is caused by insufficient blood perfusion of the distal tissue from arteriovenous internal fistula or graft internal fistula vascular access blood shunt. Based on the condition and severity of ischemia, Steal Syndrome is divided into mild ischemia (grade 1), moderate ischemia (grade 2), and severe ischemia (grade 3). Typical clinical manifestations are paleness of skin, loss of distal limb arterial beat, cool, pain, paresthesia of hands and weakness of clenched fists. Long-term ischemia can lead to tissue ulcer/gangrene, peripheral neuropathy or skin atrophy. Patients with moderate ischemia during dialysis may suffer from finger pain.

How to treat steal syndrome?

The treatment for steal syndrome is to correct limb ischemia and preserve vascular access. Patients with mild ischemia need no special treatment. Patients can be instructed to exercise their wrists properly, keep their hands warm and be observed for several weeks. If symptoms are relieved, no further treatment is required. In patients with moderate or severe ischemia, timely intervention or surgery should be given according to the etiology to correct or alleviate the adverse consequences caused by ischemia.

How to prevent steal syndrome?

Before establishing vascular access, clinicians should assess the risk factors of steal syndrome in patients. Patients with arterial disease should be given timely treatment.

Due to complications of dialysis, most kidney patients reject dialysis. Then, is there any other treatment for kidney disease?

Yes, in our hospital, we have systematic Chinese Medicine Treatment including Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy, Medicated Bath, Medicinal Soup, Medicated Foot Bath, Mai Kang Mixture, Moxibustion Therapy, Steaming Therapy and Enema Therapy, etc. They first purify your blood to give a clean blood environment. Then Chinese medicines can arrive at kidney lesion directly to improve renal function through dilating blood vessels, improving blood circulation, preventing inflammation and coagulation, degrading extracellular matrix and providing nutrients. If your renal function is improved, dialysis is able to be reduced or avoided.

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