A new study, led by a doctor from the University of Calgary, determined that the survival rates of patients receiving hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis are very similar. Hemodialysis consists of treatment using a dialysis machine and a special filter to clean the blood, functioning as a person’s kidneys would. Peritoneal dialysis, on the other hand, is performed inside the patient’s body. A tube is placed in the belly and the belly is used as the filter, rather than an external machine.
Once patients that were not eligible for both types of dialysis were removed from the results of the study, it was concluded that hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients had similar mortality rates, and the effect of modality on survival did not appear to change over time.
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