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Haemodialysis and

                                                                             Peritoneal Dialysis
                                                                              – A Guide for Patients

        CHAPTER 1                                                                                   KIDNEY

                idney function is essential to       the more information you have, the more        REPLACEMENT THERAPY
               sustain life. If your kidneys are     able you are to make a decision about the
        Kshowing signs of disease, your              best form of treatment suitable for you.
        doctor and nurse will discuss options with      Dialysis is a process in which your
        you.                                         blood is filtered to remove waste products
           These include:                            and excess fluid which build up because
                                                     your kidneys are not working properly.
           l Haemodialysis (HD)                      Dialysis uses a filter (membrane) and a
           l Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)                special solution (dialysate) to remove the
           l Kidney Transplantation                  fluid and waste.
           l Conservative Management of
             Kidney Disease.

                                                        DIALYSIS: THE THEORY
                                                           Here comes the science bit. Dialysis is essentially
           In general, if at all possible, your
                                                        an exchange, within the body of fluids and chemicals,
        doctors and nurses will discuss these
                                                        made up of the normal waste products our bodies
        options many months or years before you
                                                        produce. The two ways that the body can do this are
        actually need them, as planning your
                                                        called Diffusion and Ultrafiltration. Dialysis aims to
        treatment can make your journey much
                                                        mimic these.
        simpler. Remember knowledge is power;

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