INITIATION OF HEMODIALYSIS PATIENTS
Dialysis is a treatment that substitutes the functions of normal kidneys when they fail (kidney failure) . Most patients begin dialysis when their kidneys have lost 85%-90% of their ability to function, and will continue dialysis for the rest of their lives (or until they receive a kidney transplant). This is called end-stage renal disease (ESRD) . ESRD may be caused by a variety of conditions that can impair kidney function, including diabetes, kidney cancer , drug use, high blood pressure , or other kidney problems. Dialysis is not a cure for ESRD, but helps you feel better and live longer.
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