Is haemodialysis the most feasible dialysis modality for Pakistan?

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Chronic kidney disease (CKD) has shown a rising trend in the last two decades. It is one of the most devastating diseases which has enormous psychosocial and economic burden. The treatment available includes haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and kidney transplantation. All treatment options have their pros and cons, needs and preferences, though haemodialysis is one of the most available entity in Pakistan. There are a few intrinsic problems associated with haemodialysis which has significant environmental as well as economic impact. One of the most important is the need of huge quantity of water to carry out the haemodialysis procedure along with production of solid waste in the form of disposables and electricity consumption. Peritoneal dialysis on the other hand is more environment-friendly and cost-effective and it should be one of the preferred options for our CKD patients.

Keywords: Pakistan, haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, Continuous...