Is dialysis a common treatment for kidney failure?

If you have been diagnosed with kidney failure, you are among the 23 million Americans aged 20 years and older with this disease. Over half million people with kidney failure have an advanced form of this condition, also referred to as end-stage renal disease, and nearly 75% of them receive some type of dialysis. The overwhelming majority of these people receive conventional dialysis in clinics.

Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Medicine

   Dialysis is the standard treatment for kidney failure around the world.  Dialysis has saved the lives of many people with end stage renal failure.  Hemodialysis was started as a regular treatment in 1960 and continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis in 1976.


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