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When your kidneys are healthy, they clean your blood. They also make hormones that keep your bones strong and your blood healthy. When your kidneys fail, you need treatment to replace the work your kidneys used to do. Unless you have a kidney transplant, you will need a treatment called dialysis.

There are two main types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Both types filter your blood to rid your body of harmful wastes, extra salt and water. Hemodialysis does that with a machine. Peritoneal dialysis uses the lining of your abdomen, called the peritoneal membrane, to filter your blood. Each type has both risks and benefits. They also require that you follow a special diet. Your doctor can help you decide the best type of dialysis for you.
Chronic kidney disease patients are excluded from clinical trials

Chronic kidney disease patients are excluded from clinical trials

Researchers identify possible role of polyphosphate in dialysis-related amyloidosis

Researchers identify possible role of polyphosphate in dialysis-related amyloidosis

Functional decline highly prevalent in older adults initiating dialysis

Functional decline highly prevalent in older adults initiating dialysis

In secret, seniors discuss ‘rational suicide’

In secret, seniors discuss ‘rational suicide’

Scientists develop new class of drugs to treat hereditary kidney disease

Scientists develop new class of drugs to treat hereditary kidney disease

Miracle machine makes heroic rescues — and leaves patients in limbo

Miracle machine makes heroic rescues — and leaves patients in limbo

Urinary DKK3 can improve prediction of AKI

Urinary DKK3 can improve prediction of AKI

One-fifth of U.S. surgeons still 'overusing' riskier method to create kidney dialysis access, study finds

One-fifth of U.S. surgeons still 'overusing' riskier method to create kidney dialysis access, study finds

Rapid fluid removal from patients with failing kidneys linked to increased risk of death

Rapid fluid removal from patients with failing kidneys linked to increased risk of death

Researchers identify trends in use of transcatheter dialysis conduit procedures over 15 years

Researchers identify trends in use of transcatheter dialysis conduit procedures over 15 years

An 84-year-old man saves neighbor's life, becomes oldest living kidney donor in the U.S.

An 84-year-old man saves neighbor's life, becomes oldest living kidney donor in the U.S.

WFIRM researchers engineer vascularized functional renal tissues for kidney regeneration

WFIRM researchers engineer vascularized functional renal tissues for kidney regeneration

Study finds substantial volume overload in kidney failure patients initiating peritoneal dialysis

Study finds substantial volume overload in kidney failure patients initiating peritoneal dialysis

Robotic pets designed to care for older adults

Robotic pets designed to care for older adults

Unmanned aircraft delivers donor kidney to surgeons at UMMC for transplantation

Unmanned aircraft delivers donor kidney to surgeons at UMMC for transplantation

Older kidney disease patients starting dialysis die at higher rates than previously thought

Older kidney disease patients starting dialysis die at higher rates than previously thought

Changes to Medicare rules could support care innovation for dialysis

Changes to Medicare rules could support care innovation for dialysis

More care is needed for patients after kidney transplantations, reports research

More care is needed for patients after kidney transplantations, reports research

Novo Biosciences achieves major milestones in its new drug to treat heart disease and DMD

Novo Biosciences achieves major milestones in its new drug to treat heart disease and DMD

Making smarter decisions about where to recover after hospitalization

Making smarter decisions about where to recover after hospitalization