Kidney failure and treatment

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Find out what happens to the body and what treatments are available when kidneys fail.

Key points

  • When kidneys are not working properly this can lead to a build-up of urea in the blood; build-up of other chemicals such as sodium, potassium, calcium and phosphorus in the blood; puffiness in the feet, hands and eyes; pale skin; and headache and irritability.
  • Treatment for kidney failure can include kidney transplant and dialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis).
Last updated: July 30th 2014