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Do children receive the same dialysis treatment as adults?

If children experience advanced kidney failure, they face the same treatment options as adults: dialysis or kidney transplant. If dialysis is chosen, they receive either hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. In hemodialysis, a machine draws blood from the body, filters it through a machine called a dialyzer, and pumps it back into the body through a second tube. In peritoneal dialysis, a catheter is inserted in the abdominal wall. With the help of a solution, wastes and fluids are filtered out, thereby cleaning the blood. Both of these dialysis methods are administered the same in children as in adults. However, diet is an important consideration if your child is in dialysis treatment, as growing children have different nutritional needs.

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