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What are two main options for someone with chronic kidney disease?

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Someone with chronic kidney disease has two main options. They can get a transplant to receive a healthy kidney from a donor. Or they can start dialysis, a treatment where blood gets filtered either by a machine or in the belly with the help of a special tube.

You might think that a transplant is more of a last resort, the thing to do when you’ve run out of options. But that’s hardly the case. For most people, doctors prefer transplant over dialysis.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Kidney Transplant,” “Choosing a Treatment for Kidney Failure.”

National Kidney Foundation: “Kidney Transplant,” “Dialysis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Kidney Transplant.”

Cleveland Clinic: “4 Facts You Need to Know about Kidney Transplants and Dialysis.”

UpToDate: “Patient Education: Dialysis or Kidney Transplantation -- Which Is Right for Me? (Beyond the Basics).”

Piedmont Healthcare: “The Benefits and Risks of Kidney Transplant Versus Dialysis.”

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: “The Benefits of Transplant Versus Dialysis.”

Johns Hopkins: “Kidney Transplant.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 12, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Kidney Transplant,” “Choosing a Treatment for Kidney Failure.”

National Kidney Foundation: “Kidney Transplant,” “Dialysis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Kidney Transplant.”

Cleveland Clinic: “4 Facts You Need to Know about Kidney Transplants and Dialysis.”

UpToDate: “Patient Education: Dialysis or Kidney Transplantation -- Which Is Right for Me? (Beyond the Basics).”

Piedmont Healthcare: “The Benefits and Risks of Kidney Transplant Versus Dialysis.”

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: “The Benefits of Transplant Versus Dialysis.”

Johns Hopkins: “Kidney Transplant.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 12, 2018

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