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Treatment Options

Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis

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Hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis are both used to remove wastes and other toxic substances from the blood when the kidneys are unable to do so.  

Hemodialysis uses a man-made membrane called a dialyzer to filter wastes and remove extra fluid from the blood.  The blood is circulated through the dialyzer and then re-routed back into the body via a catheter or permanent access port. This is performed at a specialized facility about three times a week. 

Peritoneal dialysis uses the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneal membrane) and a solution (dialysate) to remove wastes and extra fluid from the body.