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  • How Kidneys Work

    Imagine what might happen if your local water treatment plant stopped removing toxins and waste from your drinking water. Surely you and everyone else drinking city water would be sick in a short time. This is how kidneys work, too. Although we give it little thought, our health depends on the water treatment plant doing its job. A very similar process must occur in our bodies to filt ...

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    Kidney Transplantation

    Kidney transplantation does not mean a cure. It is a treatment option that requires lifelong commitments (taking medications and being followed by a kidney specialist). A transplantation is thought of as the “gold standard” because it is the treatment that comes closest to “normal” kidney function. It is a major surgical procedure tha ...

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    What Is Peritoneal Dialysis?

    Peritoneal dialysis (PD) also filters the blood. But, instead of using an artificial kidney, PD uses the thin membrane (called the peritoneum) that lines your abdominal cavity. A large number of blood vessels exist just beneath the peritoneum. When a fluid called dialysate is introduced to the abdominal cavity, the chemical properties of the fluid draw toxins out of the bl ...

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  • What Is Hemodialysis Center?

    Hemodialysis is most often done in the "dialysis center" - hospital (ward of a hospital or standalone) with a staff of highly qualified doctors, nurses and technicians who care for the patient. During the entire hemodialysis session they observe each patient and trace back the results of the treatment. The treatment is usually carried out every other day, i.e. three t ...

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    What is chronic renal failure (CRF)?

    Chronic renal failure (CRF) means reduced clearance rates of blood (glomerular filtration rate) below 60 ml/min/1,73 m2 for more than 3 months. With this condition the kidneys are not able to purify the blood from the residues of the metabolism and excess amounts of water, which are waste for the organism. When these residues and water accumulate in large quantities they endanger the patient ...

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    What Is Dialysis?

    Dialysis is a life-sustaining process that cleans waste products from the blood, removes extra fluids, and controls the body’s chemistry when a person’s kidneys fail. Dialysis patients typically require treatment on an ongoing basis unless they receive a kidney transplant. There are several types dialysis. Read below to learn more about the different dialy ...

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  • What Is Hemodialysis?

    Hemodialysis removes extra fluid and wastes from your body by constantly moving your blood through an external filter. The filter, known as a dialyzer or artificial kidney, is used with a dialysis machine. The amount of blood circulating outside the body at any given time is less than half a pint. ...

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