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Treatments for End-stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
There is no cure for ESRD. Treatment aims to prevent the buildup of harmful wastes in the blood and slow the progression of the disease.
Treatment may involve the following:Lifestyle changesMedicationsSurgeryOther treatments: dialysis
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- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 11/2016
- Update Date: 05/20/2015