When would I need dialysis?

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You need dialysis if your kidneys no longer remove enough wastes and fluid from your blood to keep you healthy. This usually happens when you have only 10% to 15% of your kidney function left. You may have symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, swelling and fatigue.

However, even if you don't have these symptoms yet, you can still have a high level of wastes in your blood that may be toxic to your body. Your doctor is the best person to tell you when you should start dialysis.
Dialysis is needed when your kidneys are no longer working well enough to filter your blood and remove the toxins that build up. Doctors can use different tests to measure kidney function. But the one most commonly used is the glomerular filtration rate, or GFR. The GFR rates kidney function from normal (GFR >90) to Grade 5 (GFR <15). Dialysis is often needed at Stage 5, which is chronic kidney disease. 

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Dialysis

Healthy kidneys remove waste from your blood and produce hormones your body needs. If your kidneys fail, you either need a kidney transplant or dialysis. Dialysis is a procedure that uses a machine to perform many of the functions ...

of the kidney. Dialysis can help prevent problems resulting from kidney failure and it allows people with kidney failure to live productive lives. Dialysis filters your blood, and like a health kidney, removes waste from your blood. Patients using dialysis are also required to follow a strict diet in order to stay healthy. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. There are different advantages and disadvantages with both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Talk to your doctor about which type of dialysis would work better for you.
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