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In the know about dialysis

March 07, 2005

Types of dialysis include:

· Hemodialysis - Patients are connected to a machine that continually draws blood from the body via tubing, cleans it, and then returns it to the body. Hemodialysis takes place three times a week, either in a clinic or at home, for two to five hours at each sitting.

· Peritoneal dialysis - There are two types of this dialysis. In one, a person walks around and carries on with ordinary life while fluid, wastes and chemicals pass from tiny blood vessels in the peritoneum - a person's abdominal lining - into a cleansing solution placed in the abdomen. After several hours, used-up solution is drained from the abdomen and replaced. The process is continuous.

· Cyclic peritoneal dialysis - This also involves the abdominal lining, like the other form of peritoneal dialysis, but a person sleeps while being treated. A machine regulates the flow of cleansing solution while the patient sleeps. Treatments take place at night and are nine to 12 hours long.

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