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What are the alternatives?

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Dialysis is the initial treatment in kidney failure. In acute kidney failure, dialysis is done until the cause of the kidney problem is corrected. In chronic kidney failure, nutritional therapy is also needed along with dialysis. People with renal failure can survive for years on dialysis. A kidney transplant is the definitive treatment in selected patients. A kidney from a related or unrelated donor or a brain-dead person is used to provide a permanent cure to the kidney problem.

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