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S Sindhu
Stripped of any sense of comfort or dignity on that hospital bed, my 84-year-old father, my best friend, was enduring raw, intrusive medical procedures against his own wish; defenseless, vulnerable, agonized. A feeding tube went in through his nose; catheter tubes drained urine out of his bladder; a suction pump drew out fluid from his airway. A needle jammed into the central line, making it impossible for him to turn his head. Dialysis took over the job of his kidneys. But no painkillers were given for fear his weak heart could not take more chemicals...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
Giuseppina D'Onofrio, Mariadelina Simeoni, Paolo Rizza, Mariarita Caroleo, Maria Capria, Giovanni Mazzitello, Tiziana Sacco, Elena Mazzuca, Maria Teresa Panzino, Annamaria Cerantonio, Cristina Segura-Garcia, Michele Andreucci, Pasquale De Fazio, Giorgio Fuiano
RATIONAL: Our aim was to investigate the quality of life (QoL) in 103 patients undergoing chronic hemodialysis (HD) in an integrated assessment of clinical, personological, and adaptation parameters, also in a non-urban context. OBJECTIVES: We collected data from all chronic HD patients attending four HD units. Clinical status was assessed by Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) guidelines and by Age-adjusted Charlson Comorbidity Index (ACCI). Patients completed the following questionnaires: Kidney Disease Quality of Life Short Form (KDQOL-SF), Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI)...
October 25, 2016: Renal Failure
Eva Schrezenmeier, Kayin Wu, Fabian Halleck, Lutz Liefeldt, Susanne Brakemeier, Friederike Bachmann, Susanne Kron, Klemens Budde, Michael Duerr
Recurrence of hepatitis C virus (HCV)-associated membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN) in the kidney transplant may lead to continuous graft deterioration and the need for further renal replacement therapy. The novel direct acting antiviral agents (DAAs) allow a highly effective and interferon-free treatment option for chronic HCV infected patients. Data on the therapeutic safety and efficacy in HCV infected renal transplant patients are sparse, especially for patients with severe renal impairment...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Transplantation
Ryszard Grenda
Delayed graft function (DGF) is commonly defined as the requirement for dialysis within the first 7 days following renal transplantation. The major underlying mechanism is related to ischaemia/reperfusion injury, which includes microvascular inflammation and cell death and apoptosis, and to the regeneration processes. Several clinical factors related to donor, recipient and organ procurement/transplantation procedures may increase the risk of DGF, including donor cardiovascular instability, older donor age, donor creatinine concentration, long cold ischaemia time and marked body mass index of both the donor and recipient...
October 24, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Matthieu Parmier, Bénédicte Gourieux, Thierry Krummel, Dorothée Bazin-Kara, Anne Dory, Thierry Hannedouche
The treatment of end-stage renal disease requires a significant number of drug treatments. At patient level, daily management is somewhat difficult: Number of prescribed pills, medication side effects, treatment of asymptomatic diseases… The objective of the study was to investigate the effect of guidance tailored to each patient receiving hemodialysis, performed by the pharmacist (educational interventions). Adult haemodialysis patients with hyperphosphatemia despite phosphate binders were eligible for study entry...
October 21, 2016: Néphrologie & Thérapeutique
Michael Loudin, Sharon Anderson, Barry Schlansky
BACKGROUND: Proximal or 'downhill' esophageal varices are a rare cause of upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Unlike the much more common distal esophageal varices, which are most commonly a result of portal hypertension, downhill esophageal varices result from vascular obstruction of the superior vena cava (SVC). While SVC obstruction is most commonly secondary to malignant causes, our review of the literature suggests that benign causes of SVC obstruction are the most common cause actual bleeding from downhill varices...
October 24, 2016: BMC Gastroenterology
Puneeta Tandon, K Rajender Reddy, Jacqueline G O'Leary, Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao, Juan G Abraldes, Florence Wong, Scott W Biggins, Benedict Maliakkal, Michael B Fallon, Ram M Subramanian, Paul Thuluvath, Patrick S Kamath, Leroy R Thacker, Jasmohan S Bajaj
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Identification of patients with cirrhosis at risk for death within 3 months of discharge from the hospital is essential to individualize post-discharge plans. The objective of the study was to identify an easy-to-use prognostic model based on the Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS). METHODS: NACSELD consists of 16 tertiary-care hepatology centers that prospectively enroll non-electively admitted cirrhotic patients. Patients enrolled had KPS assessed one week post-discharge...
October 24, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Sanjay K Agarwal, Dipankar Bhowmik, Sandeep Mahajan, Soumita Bagchi
INTRODUCTION: Tuberculosis (TB) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in renal transplant recipient (RTR). Immunosuppressive drugs are one of the most important risk factor for post-transplant tuberculosis (PTTB). A paucity of data exists about the impact of the type of calcineurin inhibitor on PTTB. METHODS: In this retrospective study, all adult patients on calcineurin inhibitor-based immunosuppression were included. Patients receiving TB chemoprophylaxis were excluded...
October 24, 2016: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
M C Gouveia, J P Vella, F R Cafeo, F L Affonso Fonseca, M R Bacci
OBJECTIVE: Irisin is a muscle-secreted protein released into the circulation by cleavage of fibronectin type III domain containing protein 5(FNDC5). Since its discovery in 2012, it has been the subject of many researches due to its physiological role. It is believed that understanding irisin's function may be the key to comprehend many diseases and their development. The aim of this study is to perform a systematic review in order to establish whether there is an association of irisin's levels with obesity, diabetes mellitus, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, chronic kidney disease and cancer in terms of prognosis...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Cunlin Wang, Robert Kane, Mark Levenson, Jeffrey Kelman, Michael Wernecke, Joo-Yeon Lee, Steven Kozlowski, Carmen Dekmezian, Zhiwei Zhang, Aliza Thompson, Kimberly Smith, Yu-Te Wu, Yuqin Wei, Yoganand Chillarige, Qin Ryan, Chris Worrall, Thomas E MaCurdy, David J Graham
Importance: In 2011, the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) changed its reimbursement policy for hemodialysis to a bundled comprehensive payment system that included the cost of erythrocyte-stimulating agents (ESAs). Also in 2011, the US Food and Drug Administration revised the drug label for ESAs, recommending more conservative dosing in patients with chronic kidney disease. In response to concerns that these measures could have adverse effects on patient care and outcomes, the CMS and the FDA initiated a collaboration to assess the effect...
October 24, 2016: JAMA Internal Medicine
Giorgina B Piccoli, Federica Ventrella, Irene Capizzi, Federica N Vigotti, Elena Mongilardi, Giorgio Grassi, Valentina Loi, Gianfranca Cabiddu, Paolo Avagnina, Elisabetta Versino
Low-protein diets (LPDs) are often considered as contraindicated in diabetic patients, and are seldom studied. The aim of this observational study was to provide new data on this issue. It involved 149 diabetic and 300 non-diabetic patients who followed a LPD, with a personalized approach aimed at moderate protein restriction (0.6 g/day). Survival analysis was performed according to Kaplan-Meier, and multivariate analysis with Cox model. Diabetic versus non-diabetic patients were of similar age (median 70 years) and creatinine levels at the start of the diet (2...
October 21, 2016: Nutrients
Anna Gluba-Brzózka, Beata Franczyk, Piotr Bartnicki, Magdalena Rysz-Górzyńska, Jacek Rysz
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) poses a worldwide public health problem. CKD is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the cardiovascular risk in ESRD patients and to evaluate the relationship between serum uric acid and lipoprotein subfractions. METHODS: The study group consisted of 66 patients on dialysis and control group of 25 healthy volunteers. Concentration of HDL and LDL subfractions were analysed with Lipoprint™...
October 21, 2016: Current Vascular Pharmacology
Sudabeh Alatab, Iraj Najafi, Gholamreza Pourmand, Mostafa Hosseini, Soroosh Shekarchian
Peritoneal dialysis (PD) offers the healthiest way for starting renal replacement therapy (RRT) in End Stage Renal Disease patients, however exposes long-term PD patients to a dangerous complication named encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis (EPS). In this study, we searched for possible risk factors of EPS. Data were collected from two PD centers covering period 1995-2012 and comprised 464 patients. Control group defined as PD patients stayed on PD >42 month (n = 122), and case group was 12 confirmed EPS patients...
October 24, 2016: Renal Failure
Joan C Lo, Gerald J Beck, George A Kaysen, Christopher T Chan, Alan S Kliger, Michael V Rocco, Glenn M Chertow
Introduction End-stage renal disease is associated with elevations in circulating prolactin concentrations, but the association of prolactin concentrations with intermediate health outcomes and the effects of hemodialysis frequency on changes in serum prolactin have not been examined. Methods The FHN Daily and Nocturnal Dialysis Trials compared the effects of conventional thrice weekly hemodialysis with in-center daily hemodialysis (6 days/week) and nocturnal home hemodialysis (6 nights/week) over 12 months and obtained measures of health-related quality of life, self-reported physical function, mental health and cognition...
October 23, 2016: Hemodialysis International
John T Daugirdas
Both urine volume and residual kidney clearances are known to increase over the course of an interdialytic interval. However, no strategy has been proposed for adjusting data from an interdialytic urine collection to a weekly value for urine flow rate or residual kidney urea clearance. Data from a reanalysis of published results allows a proposal for such an adjustment, which assigns a relative value to each dialysis day of the week based on its distance from a preceding hemodialysis treatment. The strategy also identifies which urine collection periods and interdialytic intervals give results that should be most representative of weekly average values...
November 2016: Seminars in Dialysis
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November 2016: Seminars in Dialysis
Gheorghe Fundueanu, Marieta Constantin, Sanda Bucătariu, Iuliana Stoica
Double hydrophilic thermo-responsive pullulan-g-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (P-g-pNIPAM) copolymers with two different molecular weight of thermosensitive grafts were synthesized and used for preparation of indomethacin-loaded nanoparticles by dialysis and nanoprecipitation method. The polymers form aggregates in aqueous solution at a concentration of 10g/L, above their critical aggregation concentration (3.36g/L) and below the lower critical solution temperature (LCST). After indomethacin loading, nanoparticles with compact and uniform structure were formed below the LCST...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Edwina A Brown, Frederic O Finkelstein, Osasuyi U Iyasere, Alan S Kliger
Management of older people on dialysis requires focus on the wider aspects of aging as well as dialysis. Almost all frail and older patients receiving dialysis will default to in-center hemodialysis, although the availability of assisted peritoneal dialysis enables dialysis at home. As with any disease management decision, patients approaching end-stage renal disease need all the appropriate facts about their prognosis, the natural history of their disease without dialysis, and the resulting outcomes and complications of the different dialysis modalities...
October 20, 2016: Kidney International
Michael A Kraus, Sheru Kansal, Michael Copland, Paul Komenda, Eric D Weinhandl, George L Bakris, Christopher T Chan, Richard J Fluck, John M Burkart
Although intensive hemodialysis (HD) can address important clinical problems, increasing treatment also introduces risks. In this review, we assess risks pertaining to 6 domains: vascular access complications, infection, mortality, loss of residual kidney function, solute balance, and patient and care partner burden. In the Frequent Hemodialysis Network (FHN) trials, short daily and nocturnal schedules increased the incidence of access complications, although the incidence of access loss was not statistically higher...
November 2016: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Peter A McCullough, Christopher T Chan, Eric D Weinhandl, John M Burkart, George L Bakris
The prevalence of cardiovascular disease, including cardiac arrhythmia, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, and valvular heart disease, is higher in hemodialysis (HD) patients than in the US resident population. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in HD patients and the principal discharge diagnosis accompanying 1 in 4 hospital admissions. Furthermore, the rate of hospital admissions for either heart failure or fluid overload is persistently high despite widespread use of β-blockers and renin-angiotensin system inhibitors and attempts to manage fluid overload with ultrafiltration...
November 2016: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
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