Cleaning the blood when the kidneys fail

If the kidneys are unable to adequately filter the fluid, chemicals and waste that build up in the blood stream, it can be toxic to patients. This is known as kidney failure. There are two options currently available to treat kidney failure: dialysis or transplant. Whether or not a patient is a good candidate for a kidney transplant, dialysis will most likely be necessary for some time.

Dialysis is a process that corrects the balance of fluids, chemicals, and wastes in the blood stream without using the kidneys. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.

More information can be found at National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), a division of the National Institutes for Health (NIH). Please select below: