What is Hemodialysis (Extracorporeal dialysis)?

Hemodialysis (haemodialysis), also called kidney dialysis or just dialysis, is a treatment for acute kidney failure. Patients need dialysis if their kidneys are not working properly, i.e. they are no longer removing enough waste (such as creatinine and urea) and fluid from the blood. This usually happens when around 85-90 percent of kidney function is lost. In order to perform the hemodialytic treatment, the blood of the patient is put in an artificial kidney which, through the pumping machine, circulates the blood through a filter that cleans it, and returns it back…

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