Nighttime Or Daily Dialysis May Improve Patients' Health And Survival

Frequent and longer dialysis treatments may provide more benefits for patients than conventional dialysis treatments, according to several studies appearing in upcoming issues of the Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN). The findings suggest that daily or nightly dialysis sessions at home or in the clinic are viable - and perhaps superior - alternatives for some patients with kidney failure. 

Most kidney failure patients who undergo dialysis receive treatments at outpatient facilities three times per week, for three to four hours per visit. Researchers suspect that more frequent and longer treatments might be more effective, but these would be inconvenient for most patients and would take up too much of their time. Therefore, nighttime dialysis while patients sleep (at home or in a clinic) or daily treatments at home might be good options. 

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