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What is the function of the kidneys?

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Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that lie just below your rib cage, on each side of your spine. They remove waste and fluid from your body, level out your blood pressure, and keep your bones strong. They also ensure that you have the right amount of minerals, like potassium and sodium, in your blood. Finally, they make the hormone that causes your body to create red blood cells.

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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