Management of headache on haemodialysis part 1

Haemodialysis 5


Patient often experience headaches during haemodialysis and this can be for a number of reasons. If patients continue to complain of headaches on repeated occasions, the cause may not necessarily be related to dialysis and further investigation may be required. If any patient develops a sudden and very severe headache then medical advice should be sought.


Causes of headache during dialysis:

  • Disequilibrium
  • Blood flow to fast
  • Hypertension
  • Reduction in caffein levels
  • Magnesium deficiency
  • Dehydration
  • Dialysate sodium levels too high
  • Causes unrelated to dialysis

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