Dilip Kumar May Have To Undergo Dialysis

Veteran Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar may need dialysis if his kidney functions continue to derange, said doctors from Lilavati Hospital on Friday. They added that he was stable but his creatinine levels were elevating and hemoglobin had dropped.

Kumar is still under observation at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital. He was admitted in the general ward of the hospital when he suffered from dehydration and kidney complications on Wednesday. However on Thursday, he was shifted to the ICU to receive medication through intravenous drip.

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“Currently there is no requirement of dialysis. He is passing urine, fully conscious and eating well. But if at all the parameters deteriorate, it will be considered,” said Dr Ravishankar, CEO of the hospital.

He added that doctors are keeping a close watch on his renal parameters. “If they find that the parameters are deranged beyond a certain level then we will consider dialysis,” Dr Ravishankar added.

The kidneys maintain the blood creatinine in a normal range, and elevated creatinine level signifies impaired kidney function or kidney disease. “The only major issue was dehydration. Since dehydration also affects kidney and other organs momentarily he suffered minor urinary issues. Otherwise there is no major complication,” said Dr Ravishankar.

The 94-year-old Bollywood actor has been facing medical complications for the past few years. Only last year, Kumar needed to be hospitalised — once in April due to fever and nausea and again in December to treat the swelling in his right leg.

Kumar has acted in over 65 films in his careerof more than six decades and is known for his iconic roles in movies like Devdas (1955), Naya Daur (1957), Mughal-e-Azam (1960), Ganga Jamuna (1961), Kranti (1981), and Karma (1986). He has also been honoured with Padma Bhushan in 1991, Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 and India’s second highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan, in 2015. The Government of Pakistan has honoured him with its highest civilian honour, the Nishan-e-Imtiaz, in 1997.

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