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Hyperkalemia is a life-threatening emergency in maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) patients. This clinical trial investigated the efficacy and safety of calcium-polystyrene sulfonate (Ca-PS) in MHD patients with interdialytic hyperkalemia. A total of 58 hemodialysis patients with hyperkalemia (≥5.5 mol/L) were selected and administered either a 3-week Ca-PS (3 × 5 g/day) or a blank control fo...
Although cancer management in dialysis patients has become a commonly encountered issue, known as "onco-nephrology", few evidence-based clinical recommendations have been proposed. Here, we examined the variation in referral behaviors adopted by dialysis physicians on encountering dialysis patients with signs/symptoms suggestive of cancer.
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is not as harmless as previously thought since it may lead to chronic kidney disease (CKD). Because most of the time ischemic AKI occurs unexpectedly, it is difficult to prevent its occurrence and there are no specific therapeutic approaches to prevent the AKI to CKD transition. We aimed to determine whether mineralocorticoid receptor blockade (MRB) in the first days afte...
Arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) are the preferred vascular access type in most hemodialysis patients. However, the optimal vascular access type in octogenarians and older (≥80 years) hemodialysis patients remains widely debated given their limited life expectancy and lower AVF maturation rates.
Nonadherence to posttransplant immunosuppressive medication is associated with increased rates of rejection and graft loss, yet it is unknown to what degree ideal adherence is associated with the sequelae of overimmunosuppression. Specifically, we questioned whether excellent adherence increased the posttransplant cancer risk.
Hemodiafiltration (HDF) increases the removal of middle-molecular-weight uremic toxins and may improve outcomes in patients with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), but it requires complex equipment and comes with risks associated with infusion of large volumes of substitution solution. New high-flux hemodialysis membranes with improved diffusive permeability profiles do not have these limitations an...
True population-based clinical and outcomes data are lacking for anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibody (ANCA)-associated glomerulonephritis (AAGN). Therefore we aimed to estimate the incidence, prevalence and mortality of AAGN, as well as the relationship between the grade of chronic renal damage at presentation and renal and non-renal outcomes.
A disintegrin and metalloproteinase (ADAM) 17, also known as tumour necrosis factor α-converting enzyme (TACE), is a metalloproteinase that releases the ectodomains of most growth factors, cytokines, receptors and enzymes and has been associated with the presence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and cardiovascular (CV) disease. The role of circulating ADAMs in the progression of renal function and...
Fluid overload is common among asymptomatic peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients. We aim to determine the prevalence and prognostic significance of fluid overload, as measured by bioimpedance spectroscopy, in asymptomatic incident PD patients.
Several attempts made so far to combine silk fibroin and polyurethane, in order to prepare scaffolds encompassing the bioactivity of the former with the elasticity of the latter, suffer from critical drawbacks concerning industrial and clinical applicability (e.g., separation of phases upon processing, use of solvents unaddressed by the European Pharmacopoeia, and use of degradable polyurethanes)....
Occurrence of residual endotoxin activity (ET) in dialysis water and also tap water as its source is a matter of great concern to medical professionals conducting dialysis therapy at healthcare facilities (HCFs). The present study was performed to determine the occurrence and fate of the ET at selected Japanese drinking water purification plants and HCFs between 2014 and 2016. Chemical coagulation...
Antithrombotic medications (AM) are mandatory for many hemodialysis patients, but the bleeding risk associated with this therapy is elevated. The frequency of bleeding events requiring discontinuation of AM, cessation of heparin use, and/or hospitalization was compared between hemodialysis patients with and without AM. All the hemodialysis patients in our clinic were investigated. AM were prescrib...
Malnutrition is very complex in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and is associated with poor prognosis. This is because hemodynamic changes, hormonal changes, persistent inflammatory reactions, and fluid overloads are more complicated as uremia is worsening. Bio-impedance spectroscopy (BIS) is a useful method to estimate fluid balance (Overhydration/ extracellular water, OH/ECW) and nu...
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections are important causes of morbidity and mortality among haemodialysis (HD) patients and create problems in the management of patients in the renal dialysis units, as patients with chronic renal failure do not absolutely clear these viral infections.
Aging is a global phenomenon. Recent forecasts indicate that Brazil will be the sixth country in population of elderly individuals in 2020. The incidence of acute kidney injury (AKI) among the elderly varies, but studies have indicated that older individuals are more prone to developing AKI and have higher mortality rates than the general population with renal disease. The impact of dialysis in el...
To evaluate the efficacy of the less invasive hybrid zone 0 (Z0) total aortic arch repair (HAR, ascending repair + complete debranching + thoracic endovascular aortic repair [TEVAR]) without deep hypothermic circulatory arrest in management of DeBakey type I aortic dissection (IAD). The adverse outcome was defined as a single composite endpoint comprising peri-operative mortality, permanent ne...
The prevalence of dialysis-dependent patients in the United States is growing. Prior studies evaluating the risk of perioperative adverse events for dialysis-dependent patients are either institutional cohort studies limited by patient numbers or administrative database studies limited to inpatient data.
Pilot studies suggest that transplanting Hepatitis C (HCV) positive donor (D+) kidneys into HCV negative renal transplant (RT) recipients (R-), then treating HCV with direct acting anti-virals (DAA) is clinically feasible. To determine if this is a cost-effective approach, a decision tree model was developed to analyze costs and effectiveness over a 5-year time frame between two choices: RT using ...
Muscle weakness is associated with increased mortality risk in chronic haemodialysis (CHD) patients. Protein energy wasting (PEW) and low physical activity could impair muscle quality and contribute to muscle weakness beyond muscle wasting in these patients. Aim of this study was to assess clinical and biological parameters involved in the reduction of muscle strength of CHD patients.
To summarize the findings of recent trials and meta-analyses designed to determine whether bioimpedance spectroscopy adds value to the clinical assessment of fluid status in dialysis patients so as to achieve a normally hydrated weight and put these in a contemporary context.
BACKGROUND Dialysis frequency and dose are controversial prognostic factors of hemodialysis morbidity and mortality. The aim of this study was to find out the effect of frequency and dosage of dialysis on mortality and survival in a group of Chinese hemodialysis patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS In total, 183 patients seen from February 2008 to January 2018, who were on maintenance hemodialysis for a...
Dialysis has been associated with both bleeding and thrombotic events. However, there is limited information on bleeding as cause of mortality versus arterial thrombosis as cause of death.
Malignancies represent the third leading cause of post-transplant mortality worldwide. The main challenge for transplant physicians is a timely diagnosis of this condition. The aim of the study was to identify a soluble diagnostic marker for monitoring the development of post-transplant malignancies.