Renal Failure Treatment

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Renal Failure Treatment

What happened when the kidneys fail to function? The normal kidney removes the wastes and harmful material in the body by making urine. When the kidneys fail, wastes and extra fluids accumulate in the blood. There are other numerous symptoms accompany with kidney failure such as nausea, trouble sleeping, poor appetite, trouble breathing, swelling of the feet or ankles, puffiness around the eyes and so on. The treatment is required with the aid of a specialist who helps to decide which treatment is efficient and when the time to start the treatment. The decision is made based on symptoms, how much kidney function the patient has left, and the nutritional health. There are two steps of choosing the suitable treatment based on the patient
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In this type of treatment, the blood is cleaned inside the body not outside the body. The lining of the abdomen (also called the peritoneum) acts as a detergent (natural filter). A cleansing solution called dialysate flows into the abdomen through a soft tube called a PD catheter. The catheter is placed during minor surgery so wastes and extra fluid pass from the blood into the cleansing solution. After some hours, the doctor drains the used solution from the abdomen and refills with a fresh cleansing solution to begin the process again. Removing the used solution and adding fresh solution takes about a half hour and is called an exchange. There are two types of peritoneal dialysis which are Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (the exchange must be done 4-6 times a day) and the second one is Continuous Cycling Peritoneal Dialysis (CCPD). With CCPD, there is a machine called a cycler does the exchanges automatically. Moreover, CCPD can be done while the patient is sleeping. However, if the patient does CCPD, he or she may need to do 1 or 2 exchanges by her/him self during the day to make sure that wastes and extra fluid are being cleared from the blood

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