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Haemodialysis. Female patient lying on a bed next to a kidney machine during kidney dialysis (haemodialysis). She has two haemodialysis tubes attached to blood vessels in her arm by cannulas. One tube passes blood into an artificial kidney machine (at right) that removes waste products and excess water. The cleansed blood is then returned to the patient through the other tube. Haemodialysis is used when the kidneys fail to remove waste, toxins and excess water from the blood. The patient may also receive a transplant of healthy kidneys.
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