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Kidney failure

Date: May 2011


Chronic and end stage failure of both kidneys to function, as a result of which regular dialysis is necessary.

No change since April 2007


What does this mean?

The function of the kidneys is to remove waste material from the bloodstream. If they do not work properly there can be a build up of waste material in the blood, which can become life threatening. The body can function perfectly well with only one kidney, but if both fail there will be a need for regular dialysis, to clean the blood artificially, or for a kidney transplant.

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