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How does peritoneal dialysis (PD) work?

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Peritoneal dialysis (PD) uses the lining of your belly to filter your blood. A few weeks before you start treatment, a catheter is placed near your navel. Once the area heals, you’ll be trained on how to do PD since you’ll be giving it to yourself.

You’ll use the catheter to transfer dialysis solution from a bag into your belly. This special fluid contains water with salt and other additives. It soaks up waste and extra fluids inside your body. After a few hours, you’ll drain it out into a separate bag. This process is called an “exchange.”

From: When Do I Need Dialysis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Your Kidneys and How They Work,” “Dialysis,” “Choosing Not to Treat With Dialysis or Transplant,” “Treatment Methods for Kidney Failure: Hemodialysis.”

National Kidney Foundation: “Dialysis,” “Hemodialysis,” “Coping With the Top 5 Side Effects of Dialysis,” Filtering Dialysis Myths From Facts,” “Dialysis: Deciding to Stop.”

Texas Heart Institute: “Vascular Access for Hemodialysis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hemodialysis,” “Peritoneal Dialysis.”

University of Wisconsin Health: “Kidney Failure: When Should I Start Dialysis?”

American Kidney Fund: “Peritoneal Dialysis (PD).”

American Journal of Kidney Disease : “Fatigue in Patients Receiving Maintenance Dialysis: A Review of Definitions, Measures and Contributing Factors.”

CDC: “Dialysis Safety: Patient Overview.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Your Kidneys and How They Work,” “Dialysis,” “Choosing Not to Treat With Dialysis or Transplant,” “Treatment Methods for Kidney Failure: Hemodialysis.”

National Kidney Foundation: “Dialysis,” “Hemodialysis,” “Coping With the Top 5 Side Effects of Dialysis,” Filtering Dialysis Myths From Facts,” “Dialysis: Deciding to Stop.”

Texas Heart Institute: “Vascular Access for Hemodialysis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hemodialysis,” “Peritoneal Dialysis.”

University of Wisconsin Health: “Kidney Failure: When Should I Start Dialysis?”

American Kidney Fund: “Peritoneal Dialysis (PD).”

American Journal of Kidney Disease : “Fatigue in Patients Receiving Maintenance Dialysis: A Review of Definitions, Measures and Contributing Factors.”

CDC: “Dialysis Safety: Patient Overview.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

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