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By Isabel Acosta-Ochoa Nephrology senior staff. Valladolid. Spain
James Gilbert Atherton, David S Hains, John J Bissler, Bradford D Pendley, Erno Lindner
Current dialysis dosing calculations provide an incomplete assessment of blood purification. They do not include clearances of protein-bound uremic toxins like polyamines, p-cresol sulfate, and indoxyl sulfate, relying solely on the clearance of urea as a surrogate for all molecules accumulating in patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD). Protein-bound uremic toxins clear differently in dialysis but also during normal renal function. The kidney clears protein bound toxins via the process of secretion, while it clears urea through filtration...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
V Hoerr, M Franz, M W Pletz, M Diab, S Niemann, C Faber, T Doenst, P C Schulze, S Deinhardt-Emmer, B Löffler
Infective endocarditis (IE) is a life-threatening disease, caused by septic vegetations and inflammatory foci on the surface of the endothelium and the valves. Due to its complex and often indecisive presentation the mortality rate is still about 30%. Most frequently bacterial microorganisms entering the bloodstream are the underlying origin of the intracardiac infection. While the disease was primarily restricted to younger patients suffering from rheumatic heart streptococci infections, new at risk categories for Staphylococcus (S...
February 21, 2018: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Rita S Suri, Alan S Kliger
The use of frequent hemodialysis (HD) is growing, with the hope of improving outcomes in end-stage renal disease. We narratively review the three randomized trials, 15 comparative cohort studies, and several case series of frequent HD that empirically demonstrate the potential efficacy and adverse effects of these regimens. Taken together, the randomized studies suggest frequent HD may result in left ventricular mass regression. This effect is most pronounced when left ventricular mass is abnormal, but attenuated by significant residual urine output...
March 12, 2018: Seminars in Dialysis
Brendan Bowman, Sijie Zheng, Alex Yang, Brigitte Schiller, José A Morfín, Melvin Seek, Robert S Lockridge
Dialysis care in the United States continues to move toward an emphasis on continuous quality improvement and performance benchmarking. Government- and industry-sponsored programs have evolved to assess and incentivize outcomes for many components of end-stage renal disease care. One aspect that remains largely unaddressed at a systemic level is the high-risk transition period from chronic kidney disease and acute kidney injury to permanent dialysis dependence. Incident dialysis patients experience disproportionately high mortality and hospitalization rates coupled with high costs...
March 3, 2018: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Tariq Shafi, Andrew S Levey
Residual kidney function (RKF) in patients on dialysis is strongly associated with survival and better quality of life. Assessment of kidney function underlies the management of patients with chronic kidney disease before dialysis initiation. However, methods to assess RKF after dialysis initiation are just now being refined. In this review, we discuss the definition of RKF and methods for measurement and estimation of RKF, highlighting the unique aspects of dialysis that impact these assessments.
January 2018: Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease
Eleanor Murray, Mahmoud Eid, Jamie P Traynor, Karen S Stevenson, Ram Kasthuri, David B Kingsmore, Peter C Thomson
Background: The modality by which haemodialysis (HD) is delivered [arteriovenous fistula (AVF), arteriovenous graft (AVG) or central venous catheter (CVC)] varies widely and is influenced by clinical evidence, patient factors and the prevailing service configuration. The aim of this study was to determine the outcome and impact of access strategy on patient outcome by mapping out the HD journey in a cohort of incident patients. Methods: A 2-year cohort of consecutive incident HD patients from the point of referral for first dialysis access to completion of the first 365 days of HD was prospectively reviewed...
February 1, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Tarun Dalia, Ahmad M Tuffaha
Dialysis disequilibrium syndrome (DDS) is a rare central nervous system (CNS) disease which develops in patients receiving hemodialysis (HD). Although it has been reported in patients receiving chronic HD, DDS is more common during or immediately after the first HD treatment. The exact incidence of DDS is unknown. Death in DDS is an extremely rare phenomenon and to the best of our knowledge only 9 cases have been reported showing this association. We present a unique case of a 42-year-old female on chronic HD, and no prior history of CNS disease, who developed brain death in the setting of DDS 2 hours into the dialysis treatment...
January 23, 2018: Hemodialysis International
Seun Deuk Hwang, Jin Ho Lee, Seoung Woo Lee, Joong Kyung Kim, Moon-Jae Kim, Joon Ho Song
Overhydration and sarcopenia, related to an individual's nutritional status, have been associated with increased cardiovascular mortality and poor prognosis in patients on hemodialysis. The purpose of this study was to investigate the prediction of overhydration and sarcopenia on mortality in patients on hemodialysis using a body composition monitor. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis using a random-effects model. We searched the Cochrane Central Register, OVID MEDLINE, EMBASE and PubMed databases for all studies published prior to December 9, 2016 and reviewed the reference lists of relevant reviews, registered trials and relevant conference proceedings...
November 2018: Renal Failure
John V Duronville, Clarissa J Diamantidis
Much is written about medical safety as it pertains to patients with chronic kidney disease, yet the transition to end-stage kidney disease and processes inherent to the receipt of dialysis present unique safety challenges in this population. Educational efforts in medical safety need to focus on the areas of greatest threat and where intervention can provide the greatest benefit. This study addresses such safety topics in the dialysis population and identifies potential strategies that may aid in harm reduction...
January 7, 2018: Seminars in Dialysis
Filipa Caeiro Alves, Jia Sun, Abdul Rashid Qureshi, Lu Dai, Sunna Snaedal, Peter Bárány, Olof Heimbürger, Bengt Lindholm, Peter Stenvinkel
BACKGROUND: The correlation of low serum albumin with mortality in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) is partly linked to its association with systemic inflammation. However, it is not clear to what extent albumin's correlation with mortality depends on concomitant systemic inflammation. Here we addressed this question in patients with CKD stage 5. METHODS: Serum albumin (S-Alb), systemic inflammation (high-sensitive C-reactive protein, hsCRP), cardiovascular disease (CVD) and nutritional status (subjective global assessment, SGA) were assessed at baseline in 822 patients: 523 incident dialysis patients, 212 prevalent hemodialysis (HD) and 87 prevalent peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients...
2018: PloS One
Mikko Haapio, Jaakko Helve, Carola Grönhagen-Riska, Patrik Finne
Introduction: Mortality risk of patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is highly elevated. Methods to estimate individual mortality risk are needed to provide individualized care and manage expanding ESRD populations. Many mortality prediction models exist but have shown deficiencies in model development (data comprehensiveness, validation) and in practicality. Therefore, our aim was to design 2 easy-to-apply prediction models for 1- and 2-year all-cause mortality in patients starting long-term renal replacement therapy (RRT)...
November 2017: KI Reports
E Lapina, M Batiushin, V Terentiev, M Gasanov, A Gasanova
The aim of our study was to examine the features of therapy of anemia, and the influence of fluctuation in dose of antianemic drugs on hemoglobin levels in dialysis patients. The study included 100 patients with chronic kidney disease stage 5D receiving hemodialysis, mean age was 53,4±15,8 years. The clinical and anamnestic data were studied and laboratory tests were performed in all patients. The correlation between hemoglobin level and fluctuations in dose of antianemic drugs for 12 months: erythropoietin (R= -0,51, p=0,004) and iron (R= -0,46, p=0,01) was determined...
November 2017: Georgian Medical News
Rachele Escoli, Ivan Luz, Paulo Santos, Ana Vila Lobos
The proportion of patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) initiating dialysis at higher glomerular filtration rate (GFR) has increased over the past decade. Recent data suggest that it may be associated with increased mortality. The goal of this analysis was to compare survival outcomes in patients with early and late start dialysis. We performed a retrospective analysis of hemodialysis (HD) incident patients from 1 January 2010 to 30 September 2014. Patients were classified into two groups by estimated GFR at dialysis initiation (eGFR ≥10: early start and <10 mL/min per 1...
December 2017: Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis
William Beaubien-Souligny, Maxime Rhéaume, Marie-Christine Blondin, Shérine El-Barnachawy, Annik Fortier, Jean Éthier, Louis Legault, André Y Denault
BACKGROUND: Fluid overload leading to pulmonary congestion is an important issue in patients undergoing hemodialysis. This study aimed to determine if a simplified method of extravascular lung water assessment using ultrasound provided clinically relevant information. METHODS: This prospective study recruited 47 patients from a single hemodialysis center. Pulmonary ultrasound was performed before and after 2 hemodialysis sessions in 28 regions on the thorax. The B-line score was defined as the percentage regions where B-lines were present...
December 7, 2017: Blood Purification
Alexandre Seidowsky, Emmanuel Dupuis, Tilman Drueke, Serge Dard, Ziad A Massy, Bernard Canaud
Aluminum intoxication in chronic hemodialysis patients has virtually vanished over the last decade. Therefore, the diagnosis is rarely advocated at present. Aluminum intoxication in dialysis patients associates to different degrees with dialysis encephalopathy, bone disorders and microcytic anemia. We report here the observation of a patient receiving intermittent hemodialysis therapy who presented with acute encephalopathy. It turned out to be caused by aluminum intoxication secondary to a defect in dialysis water treatment...
November 22, 2017: Néphrologie & Thérapeutique
Ben Wong, Pietro Ravani, Matthew J Oliver, Jayna Holroyd-Leduc, Lorraine Venturato, Amit X Garg, Robert R Quinn
BACKGROUND: Although peritoneal dialysis (PD) costs less to the health care system compared to in-center hemodialysis (HD), it is an underused therapy. Neither modality has been consistently shown to confer a clear benefit to patient survival. A key limitation of prior research is that study patients were not restricted to those eligible for both therapies. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: All adult patients developing end-stage renal disease from January 2004 to December 2013 at any of 7 regional dialysis centers in Ontario, Canada, who had received at least 1 outpatient dialysis treatment and had completed a multidisciplinary modality assessment...
March 2018: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Winston E Abara, Amir Qaseem, Sarah Schillie, Brian J McMahon, Aaron M Harris
Background: Vaccination, screening, and linkage to care can reduce the burden of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. However, recommendations vary among organizations, and their implementation has been suboptimal. The American College of Physicians' High Value Care Task Force and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed this article to present best practice statements for hepatitis B vaccination, screening, and linkage to care. Methods: A narrative literature review of clinical guidelines, systematic reviews, randomized trials, and intervention studies on hepatitis B vaccination, screening, and linkage to care published between January 2005 and June 2017 was conducted...
December 5, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
Luminita Voroneanu, Cristina Gavrilovici, Adrian Covic
Overhydration is a frequent complication in dialysis patients. It has been linked with hypertension, left ventricular hypertrophy, arterial stiffness, atherosclerosis uremic cardiomyopathy, and all-cause mortality or cardiovascular morbidity. In addition, predialysis underhydration is also associated with increased risk of death in ESRD patients. In this context, the optimal evaluation of hydration status is a must. However, this mission is not easy or accurate. In the last 10 years, several new methods have been tested in dialysis patients, particularly bioimpedance and lung ultrasonography...
January 2018: Seminars in Dialysis
Jeffrey M Turner, Aldo J Peixoto
The association between blood pressure (BP) and mortality is unique in hemodialysis patients compared with that in the general population. This is because of an altered benefit-risk balance associated with BP reduction in these patients. An adequately designed study comparing BP targets in hemodialysis patients remains to be conducted. The current evidence available to guide dialysis providers regarding treatment strategies for managing hypertension in this population is limited to large observational studies and small randomized controlled trials...
October 2017: Kidney International
Simone Baiardi, Susanna Mondini, Alessandro Baldi Antognini, Antonio Santoro, Fabio Cirignotta
BACKGROUND: Restless legs syndrome, also known as Willis/Ekbom disease (RLS/WED), is a sleep-related, sensorimotor disorder with a high prevalence among end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients undergoing haemodialysis (HD) (about 15-40%). Whether RLS/WED in uremic patients influences cardiovascular morbidity and mortality remains a matter of controversy. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship of RLS/WED and mortality in a population of chronically dialyzed patients. METHOD: In 1996, we studied 128 patients with ESRD undergoing HD; 47 subjects (36...
2017: American Journal of Nephrology
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