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What is dialysis?

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Dialysis is a treatment that takes over your kidney functions if those organs stop doing their job. There are two types of dialysis:

  • Hemodialysis: Your blood is put through a filter outside your body, cleaned, and then returned to you. This is done either at a dialysis facility or at home.
  • Peritoneal dialysis: Your blood is cleaned inside your body. A special fluid is put into your abdomen to absorb waste from the blood that passes through small vessels in your abdominal cavity. The fluid is then drained away. This type of dialysis is typically done at home.

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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