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When Does a Person Need Dialysis?

Dialysis is the process of removing waste and excess fluid from the blood.  This process is typically handled by the kidney.  Patients who have suffered kidney damage or kidney failure lose some of this functionality.  A patient will typically need dialysis when waste products in the body become too high and they start to cause … Continue reading

Choices for Dialysis Patients at the End of Life

When kidney dialysis was introduced in the 1940s it was originally intended as a life saving treatment.  It was mainly used for young patients with acute renal failure and helped them until their kidneys could function without the therapy.  Since then the use and frequency of dialysis has changed.  Today the average dialysis patient is … Continue reading

What is Kidney Dialysis?

The kidney is an organ in animal and human bodies that provides several regulatory functions. The main role of the kidney is to remove waste from the blood, which is then directed into the urinary system for disposal. When a person has kidney damage or failure, they may require kidney dialysis. Since the kidney can … Continue reading