Dialysis is a mechanical process that performs the work that healthy kidneys would do: It clears wastes and extra fluid from the body and restores the proper balance of chemicals (electrolytes) in the blood. Dialysis is needed when chronic kidney disease becomes so severe that the kidneys are no longer working properly. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about dialysis, how dialysis works as a treatment, the different kinds of dialysis, and much more.
A good overview of healthy kidney function with a description of various types of kidney failures.
Kidney Dialysis Overview
Here's a good overview for consumers about how kidney dialysis works.
Kidney Failure Diagnosis
This article describes the blood and urine tests that show whether the kidneys are functioning or failing.
Nephrotic Syndrome Overview
Nephrotic syndrome results from damage to the kidneys' glomeruli. This article discusses some of the symptoms and provides resources for more information.