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How does dialysis affect the body?

Dialysis works like an artificial kidney by removing waste from the body. In hemodialysis, the most common type of dialysis, the blood is removed from the body and waste is filtered from the blood before being pumped back into the body. This is done with either short- or long-term access to the bloodstream. Hemodialysis is usually required three times a week.

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Are there any serious complications from dialysis?
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When is dialysis prescribed?
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Can I prevent the need for dialysis?
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What can I do if I have nausea and vomiting when on dialysis?
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