Dialysis is a treatment that replaces some kidney function by removing excess waste and build up in the body.
There are different types of dialysis:
Hemodialysis (HD) is a medical treatment where blood is removed from the body and filtered through a machine to remove waste, toxins and fluids.
There are different kinds of hemodialysis:
Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is a treatment where the inside lining of the belly acts as a filter to remove waste from the body. A fluid called dialysate is put into the belly through a permanent catheter. The fluid is left inside the body for a period of time, pulling waste through the belly lining. Then the fluid is removed through the catheter again and disposed of. This process is called an exchange.
There are different kinds of peritoneal dialysis:
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