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Dialysis
· Blood is filtered by a
machine to remove the
waste substances
especially urea
· This is what the kidney
should do but can't
Diagram of Dialyser
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Kidney Transplant
· If a suitable donor kidney
is found it is placed inside
the patient's groin and the
other kidneys stay in the
body.
· It is connected up to the
normal blood vessels
· It does what the kidney
would do if it were
healthy; filter the blood
from waste like urea
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Advantages of Dialysis
· Dialysis can happen during sleep, therefore
not affecting daily activities
· Readily available
· No risk of rejection
· No immunosuppressant drugs
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Disadvantages of Dialysis
· It can restrict your life, especially if you are
elderly and have to visit a dialysis centre
· The dialysis access site can become infected
· Malnutrition and elevated cholesterol can
occur in peritoneal dialysis patients, as can
back pain
· More expensive than transplant in the long
run
· Diet needs to be carefully controlled
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Advantages of Kidney transplant
· You no longer need a dialysis machine
· The long run costs are cheaper
· If a family member is willing to donate there is
a less chance of rejection
· No restriction of diet
· No restrictions that come with dialysis
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