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Nicola Vargas, Loredana Tibullo, Emanuela Landi, Giovanni Carifi, Alfonso Pirone, Antonio Pippo, Immacolata Alviggi, Renato Tizzano, Elisa Salsano, Francesco Di Grezia, Maria Vargas
Despite technological advances, the mortality rate for critically ill oldest old patients remains high. The intensive caring should be able to combine technology and a deep humanity considering that the patients are living the last part of their lives. In addition to the traditional goals of ICU of reducing morbidity and mortality, of maintaining organ functions and restoring health, caring for seriously oldest old patients should take into account their end-of-life preferences, the advance or proxy directives if available, the prognosis, the communication, their life expectancy and the impact of multimorbidity...
October 19, 2016: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
Tuula Hölttä, Marjolein Bonthuis, Karlijn J Van Stralen, Anna Bjerre, Rezan Topaloglu, Fatih Ozaltin, Christer Holmberg, Jerome Harambat, Kitty J Jager, Franz Schaefer, Jaap W Groothoff
BACKGROUND: Congenital nephrotic syndrome (CNS) of the Finnish type, NPHS1, is the most severe form of CNS. Outcomes of renal replacement therapy (RRT) in NPHS1 patients in Europe were analysed using data from the ESPN/ERA-EDTA Registry. As NPHS1 is most prevalent in Finland and the therapeutic approach differs from that in many other countries, we compared outcomes in Finnish and other European patients. METHODS: NPHS1 mutations were confirmed in 170 children with CNS who initiated RRT (dialysis or renal transplantation) between 1991 and 2012...
October 20, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Stefano Romagnoli, Zaccaria Ricci
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Annals of Translational Medicine
Patrick M Honore, Rita Jacobs, Olivier Joannes-Boyau, Inne Hendrickx, Herbert D Spapen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Annals of Translational Medicine
Xingui Dai, Tao Li, Zhenhua Zeng, Chunlai Fu, Shengbiao Wang, Yeping Cai, Zhongqing Chen
BACKGROUND: It is known that continuous venonenous hemofiltration (CVVH) does not affect the plasma level of neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (pNGAL) in acute kidney injury (AKI) patients. However, because of the unique pathophysiology underlying AKI caused by sepsis, the effect of CVVH on pNGAL in this clinical setting is less certain. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of CVVH on pNGAL in sepsis-induced AKI patients. METHODS: Between August 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014, 42 patients with sepsis-induced AKI underwent CVVH in the general intensive care unit of our institution and were consecutively enrolled in this study...
October 19, 2016: BMC Nephrology
Paolo Angeli, Dimitri Bezinover, Gianni Biancofiore, Anja Bienholz, James Findlay, Catherine Paugam Burtz, Koen Reyntjens, Tetsuro Sakai, Fuat H Saner, Dana Tomescu, Gebhard Wagener, Emmanuel Weiss
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is associated with high perioperative mortality. A series of AKI research breakthroughs are worth mentioning. First, in 2003, serum and urine biomarkers specific to AKI were identified. These biomarkers have contributed to early detection, prevention, and treatment of AKI. In 2004, AKI severity was defined with the Risk, Injury, Failure, Loss, and End-stage kidney disease (RIFLE) criteria, which was developed by the International Consensus Conference Workgroup of the Acute Dialysis Quality Initiative...
October 19, 2016: Minerva Anestesiologica
Rebecca Maxson, Julia Pate, Jessica Starr
BACKGROUND: Current vancomycin dosing guidelines recommend targeting trough concentrations of 15-20 mg/L in complicated infections to avoid treatment failure and resistance. How to accomplish this in the intermittent hemodialysis (IHD) population has not been adequately described. A weight-based vancomycin dosing protocol for IHD patients was developed to provide standardization of vancomycin dosing for this patient population. Prior to implementation of this protocol, clinical pharmacists used their individual judgment for dosing and monitoring...
October 19, 2016: Renal Failure
Junichiro Hashimoto
Arterial structure and function change progressively with advancing age. Owing to long-lasting repetitive stretch with intermittent cardiac contraction, elastic fibers in the tunica media of large arteries gradually degenerate and are replaced by collagenous fibers. Such medial degeneration causes elastic arteries to stiffen and dilate. However, the speed of the vascular aging varies considerably among individuals; a discrepancy often exists between the chronological age of an individual and the biological age of his or her arteries...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Rik Olde Engberink, Thomas Van den Hoek, Nicky Van Noordenne, Bert-Jan Van den Born, Liffert Vogt
OBJECTIVE: Lowering salt intake has been shown to decrease blood pressure (BP). However, data from large cohort studies on salt intake and cardiovascular and renal outcomes are inconsistent. These studies have estimated long-term salt intake using 1 baseline measurement, which may be inaccurate. In this retrospective cohort study, the effect of using successive and multiple 24h samples on the relation between salt intake and long-term outcome was investigated. DESIGN AND METHOD: We selected adult subjects with an eGFR > 60 mL/min and at least 1 outpatient 24h urine sample >300 mL between 1998-1999...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Solomon Kadiri
Hypertension prevalence rates in most urbanized areas of Africa range from 20-30%, with a recent systematic review reporting 16.2% for sub-Saharan Africa. These rates are lower than those in the West but the age standardized rates are higher than in other regions of the world. The attendant morbidity and mortality are disproportionately high. For example, failure of nocturnal dipping and microalbuminuria, predictive of vascular disease, occur relatively early in the course of hypertension and predispose to early vascular disease...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Jun Lu, Xing Wang, Qiuhua Chen, Mingqi Chen, Lu Cheng, Hua Jiang, Zhiguang Sun
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) is an important treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU). Nevertheless, the outcome of CRRT remains unclear. It is important to find a useful and easy indicator to predict the prognosis in patients on CRRT treatment. We undertook this study to observe the association between serum D-dimer level and mortality of ICU patients in the treatment of CRRT. METHODS: A total of 149 patients who received CRRT were enrolled in our study...
July 2016: Archives of Medical Research
Rogério da Hora Passos, Joao Gabriel Rosa Ramos, André Gobatto, Evandro José Bulhões Mendonça, Eva Alves Miranda, Fábio Ricardo Dantas Dutra, Maria Fernanda R Coelho, Andrea C Pedroza, Paulo Benigno Pena Batista, Margarida Maria Dantas Dutra
The aim of the study was to assess the clinical utility of lactate measured at different time points to predict mortality at 48 hours and 28 days in septic patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) requiring continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT).Consecutive critically ill patients with septic AKI requiring CRRT were prospectively studied. Variables were collected at initiation of CRRT and 24 hours later.In total, 186 patients were analyzed. Overall mortality at 48 hours was 28% and at 28 days was 69%...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Bernadette M Lynch, Edward P Stern, Voon Ong, Mark Harber, Aine Burns, Christopher P Denton
The UK Scleroderma Study Group developed guidelines on the diagnosis and management of scleroderma renal crisis (SRC) based on best available evidence and clinical experience. SRC is characterised by the acute onset of severe hypertension and acute kidney injury. Current strategies to reduce the associated morbidity and mortality include identifying at risk patients to aid early diagnosis. ACE inhibitor therapy should be lifelong in all patients, regardless of whether they require renal replacement therapy...
September 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
William R Clark, Francesco Garzotto, Mauro Neri, Anna Lorenzin, Marta Zaccaria, Claudio Ronco
PURPOSE: Dialysis is a highly quantitative therapy involving large volumes of both clinical and technical data. While automated data collection has been implemented for chronic dialysis, this has not been done for acute kidney injury patients treated with continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). METHODS: After a brief review of the fundamental aspects of electronic medical records (EMRs), a new tool designed to provide clinicians with individualized CRRT treatment data is analyzed, with emphasis on its quality assurance capabilities...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Tennille N Webb, Stuart L Goldstein
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The incidence of cardiac surgery-associated acute kidney injury (CS-AKI) continues to increase and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Early diagnosis and identification of patients at risk are extremely important. Therefore, identifying associated risk factors, biomarkers for earlier detection, prevention and therapeutic options for CS-AKI warrant special attention. RECENT FINDINGS: The current diagnosis of acute kidney injury (AKI) largely depends upon the functional biomarkers serum creatinine and oliguria leading to delays in diagnosis and worsening outcomes...
September 29, 2016: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Scott C Watkins, Andrew D Shaw
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The past decade has seen more advances in our understanding of fluid therapy than the preceding decades combined. What was once thought to be a relatively benign panacea is increasingly being recognized as a potent pharmacological and physiological intervention that may pose as much harm as benefit. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies have clearly indicated that the amount, type, and timing of fluid administration have profound effects on patient morbidity and outcomes...
September 29, 2016: Current Opinion in Critical Care
Katarzyna Osipowicz, Agnieszka Kalinska-Bienias, Cezary Kowalewski, Katarzyna Wozniak
Haemodialysis is the most frequent form of renal replacement therapy (RRT) in patients with end-stage renal disorder (ESRD). Patients with ESRD frequently develop skin problems, mainly xerosis, pruritus and hyperpigmentation, as well as bullous diseases, mainly porphyria or pseudoporphyria and, in some cases, bullous pemphigoid (BP). BP is the most common autoimmune sub-epidermal blistering disease, and it predominantly affects elderly people. Clinically, BP is characterised by generalised pruritic, bullous eruptions and urticaria-like lesions...
October 17, 2016: International Wound Journal
Yohei Komaru, Kent Doi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
R T Noel Gibney
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Melanie Meersch, Alexander Zarbock
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
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