Kidney Failure

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  • Created on: 12-04-13 13:17

Kidney Failure

Kidneys remove waste products from the blood. If the kidneys fail, waste substances build up and you lose your ability to control levels of ions and water in the body. This can eventually lead to death

But, there are two types of treatment a person can have: Renal Dialysis and a Kidney Transplant

Renal Dialysis:

  • This uses a machine to maintain the concentration of substances in the blood at normal levels
  • It has to be done reguarly, 3 times a week, 3-4 hours per session

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It works like this:

  • A persons blood travels through a tube outside the body, into the machine
  • It flows on one side of a partially permeable membrane, on the other side, dialysis fluid
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