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Visnja Lezaic, Jelena Marinkovic, Zoran Milutinovic, Nada Jovanovic-Vasiljevic, Vesna Vujicic, Branka Pejovic, Snezana Kalabic, Ljubica Djukanovic
BACKGROUND: In 2009, Belgrade nephrologists and general practitioners from thirteen health centers carried out screening for chronic kidney disease (CKD). Three years later, medical records of patients from four health centers participating in the screening study were retrospectively analyzed in order to check whether general practitioners had continued to control patients at risk for CKD in accordance with the recommendations provided. METHODS: The study included 460 patients who visited their doctor at least once in the three-year period...
November 2018: Renal Failure
Barbora Szonowská
Despite the advances in dialysis technology over the past decades, patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) have a high symptom burden, shortened survival and substantial physical, emotional and spiritual suffering. Number of frailty patients with advanced chronic kidney disease is growing and for many of them the beginning or continuation of dialysis is associated with a high risk of short-term mortality or worsening of functional status. Identifying these fragile patients and integrating palliative care into standard nephrological care improves patients quality of life and has the potential to prolong their lives without demanding dialysis treatment...
2018: Casopís Lékar̆ů C̆eských
Olivier Moranne, Coraline Fafin, Sophie Roche, Maud Francois, Vincent Allot, Jerome Potier, Daniela Babici, Thierry Lobbedez, Marie Matignon, Christophe Mariat, Cecile Vigneau, Cecile Couchoud
Background: Elderly patients with advanced chronic kidney disease require accurate outcome descriptions to make treatment decisions. Methods: The PSPA [Parcours de soins des personnes âgées (Treatment pathways for elderly patients)] prospective multicentre cohort study included 573 such patients with a median age of 82 [interquartile range (IQR) 79-86] years and a median estimated glomerular filtration rate of 14 (IQR 11-17) mL/min/1.73 m2 and studied their 5-year outcomes according to the dialysis component of their treatment plans...
March 19, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Judy Tan, Anita Mehrotra, Girish N Nadkarni, John Cijiang He, Erik Langhoff, James Post, Carlos Galvao-Sobrinho, Henry C Thode, Rajeev Rohatgi
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients who live far (>30 miles) from their nephrologist experience lower rates of clinic visit adherence, limited access to treatment, and higher rates of hospitalization and mortality than patients who live in close proximity to their nephrologist. Strategies to minimize disparities between urban and remotely located CKD patients are needed. The purpose of this study was to determine whether adherence to clinic visits and clinical outcomes in the remote management of CKD via telenephrology is comparable to in-person conventional care...
March 20, 2018: American Journal of Nephrology
Pankti A Gheewala, Gregory M Peterson, Syed Tabish R Zaidi, Matthew D Jose, Ronald L Castelino
BACKGROUND: Screening programs may help to address the burden of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Australia. Public awareness is an important determinant of the uptake of screening programs. However, data on the public knowledge of CKD in Australia is lacking. The aim of this study was to develop a validated questionnaire and assess the Australian public knowledge of CKD. METHODS: A CKD knowledge questionnaire was developed after reviewing the literature and discussions with nephrology experts...
March 20, 2018: BMC Public Health
Michael E Reschen, Andrea Mazzella, Edward Sharples
Background and aims: Dysfunction of a kidney transplant often requires histological sampling by percutaneous ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy. Transplant biopsy is more specialized than native kidney biopsy, the indications and complications are less well defined and in England are performed mainly by nephrologists. The aims of the study were to evaluate the adequacy and complication rate in living and deceased donor recipients according to training status of the nephrologist, assess the accuracy of physicians in predicting rejection, the threshold creatinine rise for biopsy, and the change in drug management post-biopsy...
April 2018: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
Pablo Antonio Ureña-Torres, Mario Cozzolino, Jordi Bover
Secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) is one of the most frequent and deleterious complication of chronic kidney disease (CKD). SHPT is also one of the principal components of the now called CKD-mineral and bone disorders (MBD) syndrome. It is usually prevented and treated by vitamin D derivatives. However, the rationale for the prescription of vitamin D sterols in those patients is still a matter of hotly debates, mainly because of unsatisfactory results from numerous observational and not well-controlled studies...
March 12, 2018: Néphrologie & Thérapeutique
Wendy L St Peter, Haifeng Guo, Shaum Kabadi, David T Gilbertson, Yi Peng, Trudy Pendergraft, Suying Li
BACKGROUND: Anemia is common in non-dialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease (NDD-CKD) patients, but detailed information on prevalence and treatment is lacking. METHODS: We evaluated anemia prevalence and treatment using two datasets: the Medicare 20% random sample (ages 66-85 years), and the Truven Health MarketScan database (ages 18-63 years). We selected stage 3-5 NDD-CKD patients with and without anemia from both databases during 2011-2013. We evaluated anemia prevalence and treatment (erythropoietin stimulating agents [ESAs], intravenous [IV] iron, red blood cell [RBC] transfusions) following anemia diagnosis during a 1-year baseline period, and healthcare utilization during a 1-year follow-up period...
March 15, 2018: BMC Nephrology
Masaki Okazaki, Daijo Inaguma, Takahiro Imaizumi, Akiko Kada, Takaaki Yaomura, Naotake Tsuboi, Shoichi Maruyama
BACKGROUND: Patients with late referral and positive history of volume overload may have a poor prognosis after initiating dialysis due to insufficient and/or inadequate management of complications of renal failure and the lack of better dialysis preparation. Little is known about the influence of the relationship between history of volume overload and late referral on prognosis. METHODS: We analyzed 1475 patients who had initiated dialysis for the first time from October 2011 to September 2013...
March 14, 2018: BMC Nephrology
Nicholas G Larkins, Jonathan C Craig, Armando Teixeira-Pinto
Missing data is an important and common source of bias in clinical research. Readers should be alert to and consider the impact of missing data when reading studies. Beyond preventing missing data in the first place, through good study design and conduct, there are different strategies available to handle data containing missing observations. Complete case analysis is often biased unless data are missing completely at random. Better methods of handling missing data include multiple imputation and models using likelihood-based estimation...
March 13, 2018: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Kenneth Abreo, Adrian Sequeira
Stents are ubiquitously utilized in coronary and peripheral arterial disease. Interventional nephrologists, however, place stents in the venous outflow of the arteriovenous access. Stenosis is the predominant pathology that causes access dysfunction and will ultimately lead to thrombosis if uncorrected. Angioplasty and stent deployment are the current techniques available to combat stenosis. From initial bare metal stainless steel stents, the current generations of stents used are predominately covered nitinol stents...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
Virginia Devonshire, Richard Phillips, Hilary Wass, Gerald Da Roza, Peter Senior
Alemtuzumab is a humanized anti-CD52 monoclonal antibody approved in more than 65 countries for the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). Compared with subcutaneous interferon-beta-1a, alemtuzumab significantly reduced clinical disease activity and the rate of brain volume loss, and improved disability outcomes in patients with active RRMS who were either treatment naive (CARE-MS I study) or who had an inadequate response (≥ 1 relapse after ≥ 6 months of treatment) to prior therapy (CARE-MS II study)...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Jesse D Schold, Stuart M Flechner, Emilio D Poggio, Joshua J Augustine, David A Goldfarb, John R Sedor, Laura D Buccini
BACKGROUND: The effects of underlying noncodified risks are unclear on the prognosis of patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). We aimed to evaluate the association of residential area life expectancy with outcomes and processes of care for patients with ESRD in the United States. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: Adult patients with incident ESRD between 2006 and 2013 recorded in the US Renal Data System (n=606,046)...
March 7, 2018: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Kenar D Jhaveri, Mitchell H Rosner
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March 9, 2018: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
Jessica Stevenson, Allison Tong, Katrina L Campbell, Jonathan C Craig, Vincent W Lee
OBJECTIVE: To describe the perspectives of healthcare providers on the nutritional management of patients on haemodialysis, which may inform strategies for improving patient-centred nutritional care. DESIGN: Face-to-face semistructured interviews were conducted until data saturation, and thematic analysis based on principles of grounded theory. SETTING: 21 haemodialysis centres across Australia. PARTICIPANTS: 42 haemodialysis clinicians (nephrologists and nephrology trainees (15), nurses (12) and dietitians (15)) were purposively sampled to obtain a range of demographic characteristics and clinical experiences...
March 8, 2018: BMJ Open
Antonio Bellasi, Luigi Morrone, Maria Cristina Mereu, Carlo Massimetti, Elena Pelizzaro, Giuseppe Cianciolo, Marzia Pasquali, Vincenzo Panuccio
We herein report on a nationwide survey conducted in Italy to investigate the use of parathyroidectomy (PTX). In spite of the availability of newer and more effective drugs to control chronic kidney disease mineral bone disorder (CKD-MBD) biochemical abnormalities, PTX still remains a resource for nephrologists to use. However, observational analyses suggest that in recent years there has been a constant decline in the number of patients undergoing PTX. The reasons are not clear, though the increasing age and number of comorbidities of dialysis patients may partly explain this trend...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Nephrology
Chance Dumaine, Mercedeh Kiaii, Lisa Miller, Louise Moist, Matthew J Oliver, Charmaine E Lok, Swapnil Hiremath, Jennifer M MacRae
Background: One of the mandates of the Canadian Society of Nephrology's (CSN) Vascular Access Working Group (VAWG) is to inform the nephrology community of the current status of vascular access (VA) practice within Canada. To better understand VA practice patterns across Canada, the CSN VAWG conducted a national survey. Objectives: (1) To inform on VA practice patterns, including fistula creation and maintenance, within Canada. (2) To determine the degree of consensus among Canadian clinicians regarding patient suitability for fistula creation and to assess barriers to and facilitators of fistula creation in Canada...
2018: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
Wen-Qi Yang, Shan Mou, Li Xu, Feng-Hua Li, Hong-Li Li
The goal of the study described here was to evaluate the degree of tubulointerstitial injury in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) using a more accurate model that combines renal sonographic parameters and laboratory biomarkers. A total of 308 patients were enrolled. The study protocol included conventional ultrasound, contrast-enhanced ultrasonography and renal biopsy. CKD patients were divided into normal and mild (≤25%), moderate (26%-50%) and severe (>50%) tubulointerstitial injury groups. We created a model comprising peak intensity, time to peak, urinary retinol-binding protein and β2 -microglobulin that could discriminate severe (>50%) tubulointerstitial injury...
March 1, 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
David Goldsmith, Frank Dellanna, Martin Schiestl, Andriy Krendyukov, Christian Combe
Biosimilars are biological medicines that are approved via stringently defined regulatory pathways on the basis that comparable safety, efficacy, and quality have been demonstrated to their reference medicine. The advantage of biosimilar drugs is that they may be less expensive than the reference medicine, allowing for greater patient access and cost savings in already stretched healthcare budgets. Biosimilar epoetins have been available in Europe for a decade. Complementing in vitro and preclinical characterization, and pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic studies, clinical trials provided the additional data needed to reassure European authorities that biosimilar epoetins were sufficiently similar to the reference epoetin to warrant approval...
March 2, 2018: Clinical Drug Investigation
N Segaud, I Legroux, M Hazzan, C Noel, B Cortet
INTRODUCTION: In renal transplant patients, bone loss may be related to the drugs patients are taking but also to their past history of chronic kidney disease. The purpose of this study was to assess changes in BMD 2 years after an initial assessment (performed 9 months post transplantation) and the factors associated with these changes. METHODS: This longitudinal study included patients who had undergone a renal transplantation between 2005 and 2011, and who were followed up at the Lille Regional University Hospital...
March 2, 2018: Osteoporosis International
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