Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
Acute Renal Therapy includes multiple therapy types, including the two most common; continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) and Therapeutic Plasma Exchange (TPE). CRRT is a dialysis modality used to treat critically ill, hospitalized patients in the intensive care unit who develop acute kidney injury (AKI).
Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agent (ESA) Injections
An erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (abbreviated ESA), also known as an erythropoiesis-stimulating drug (ESD) is a medicine similar to erythropoietin, which stimulates red blood cell production (erythropoiesis). ESAs, structurally and biologically, are similar to naturally occurring protein erythropoietin.
Hemodialysis is a treatment for kidney failure that uses a machine to filter your blood outside your body. At the start of a hemodialysis treatment, a dialysis nurse or technician places two needles into your arm.
Home hemodialysis is hemodialysis that a person can do at home using a special machine. A nurse from a dialysis clinic can teach a person how to do hemodialysis at home. The person does not have to buy the machine.
Peritoneal dialysis is a treatment for kidney failure that uses the lining of your abdomen, or belly, to filter your blood inside your body. Doctors call this lining the peritoneum. A doctor will place a soft tube, called a catheter, in your belly a few weeks before you start treatment.
An iron infusion is simply a liquid dose of iron given in the veins.
A kidney biopsy is a procedure used to extract kidney tissue for laboratory analysis. In an open biopsy, or surgical biopsy, your doctor makes a cut in the skin near the kidneys. This allows the physician to look at the kidneys and determine from which area the tissue samples should be taken.
Plasmapheresis is a process in which plasma components are removed from the blood, such as autoantibodies, that can cause autoimmune disease. The basic premise of plasmapheresis is that removal of these substances will reduce further damage, and may permit reversal of the pathogenic process.
Pulling water out of your blood at dialysis is “ultrafiltration.
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