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 +Peritoneal dialysis: Technique that uses the patient'​s own body [[tissue]]s inside of the belly (abdominal cavity) to act as a filter. The intestines lie in the abdominal cavity, the space between the abdominal wall and the spine. A plastic tube called a "​dialysis [[catheter]]"​ is placed through the abdominal wall into the abdominal cavity. A special fluid is then flushed into the abdominal cavity and washes around the intestines. The intestinal walls act as a filter between this fluid and the [[bloodstream]]. By using different types of solutions, waste products and excess water can be removed from the body through this process.
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