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Contact information

St-Elisabeth site - Uccle
02-614 20 00
St-Michel site - Etterbeek
02-614 30 00
Bella Vita Medical Center - Waterloo
02-614 42 00

Dialysis and kidney transplantation

If the kidneys are working at less than about 10%, they are no longer managing to keep the blood clean. To prevent blood poisoning, a treatment that replaces kidney function needs to be started. We call this treatment dialysis or artificial kidney treatment. Dialysis removes the waste products and excess fluid from the body. 

There are two types of dialysis:

  • Haemodialysis, or blood dialysis, is when the blood is cleaned directly by a machine outside of the body. 
  • Peritoneal dialysis is when the blood is cleaned by introducing dialysis fluid into the abdomen. 

In certain cases, patients with severe kidney failure may be eligible for a kidney transplant.

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