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PREFACE








             n 1983, Dr Michael Carmody wrote the first edition of Living
            with Kidney Disease. For more than 20 years this book was
            used as the major patient education booklet for patients
        Iexperiencing kidney disease. During the last 20 years, the
        technology concerning the treatment of kidney disease, has
        changed radically. As a result, we have produced this series of
        books to assist patients and their families when diagnosed with
        kidney disease.
        This is the fourth edition of BOOK 2 in a series of six books, aimed
        at helping patients with kidney disease learn more about their
        illness. Book 2 outlines the different forms of kidney replacement
        therapies, including Haemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis and Kidney
        Transplantation.











                                                   Living with
                       BOOK 1
                    Petrina Donnelly, CNM  BOOK 3
                     Helen Dunne, CNM
                   Prof. Peter J. Conlon, FRCPI  2nd Edition  BOOK 4  BOOK 6
                                                       BOOK 5
                       3rd Edition  Helen Dunne, CNM  2nd Edition
                               Petrina Donnelly, CNM  IRISH KIDNEY ASSOCIATION CLG
                              Prof. Peter J. Conlon, FRCPI  Donor House, Block 43A
                                 Ciara White, CNM  Park West, Dublin , D12 P5V6
                                                   Phone: 01-6205306
                                                Lo-Call: 1890-543539 (KIDNEY)
                          Re-edited by Olive McEnroe and Ruth O’Malley  Email: info@ika.ie  | Web: www.ika.ie
        BOOK 1 deals with the functions of the kidney, types of kidney
        diseases, diagnostic tests and medicines used to treat kidney
        conditions. BOOK 3 covers Kidney Transplantation in more depth,
        whilst BOOK 4 addresses the area of the ‘living donor’ programme.
        BOOK 5 is aimed at helping patients with kidney disease learn
        more about their illness and is specifically written for people who
        have been informed that they have impaired (or reduced) kidney
        function and are classified as having Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
        And finally, BOOK 6 aims to help patients and families maintain
        their emotional health in the face of what can be serious illness.

        Please use these books as a guide and reference tool. Any worries
        or issues you have should be discussed with your medical team.
        The text includes contributions from many members of the
        Beaumont Hospital Renal Unit team and has been supported by
        the Beaumont Transplant Foundation together with the Irish
        Kidney Association.

        We do hope you find it helpful.


        Prof. Peter J Conlon FRCPI
        Petrina Donnelly CNM
        Helen Dunne CNM
        November 2016
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