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Dialysis is a treatment used to clean the blood and perform other functions of the kidneys when the kidneys are not functioning properly. Continuous veno-venous hemofiltration (CVVH) is a type of dialysis used to care for critically ill children with acute kidney injury (a condition in which the kidneys suddenly stop performing their normal functions).
It is a temporary treatment performed in the intensive care unit for patients with acute kidney injury who are unstable and cannot tolerate hemodialysis. Dialysis is provided continuously if a child needs to be treated with CVVH. A child may be on CVVH for just a few days or up to several weeks, depending on the severity of his or her illness.
During continuous veno-venous hemofiltration, a machine does the usual work of the kidneys. If your child requires
CVVH, you can expect the following:
Continuous veno-venous hemofiltration is only used until your child is stable enough to receive hemodialysis treatment or experiences the recovery of his or her kidney function.
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