Journal Watch

  1. Nephrologists’ attitudes toward intensified HD

    Among German nephrologists, 44% believe there is not enough evidence in favor of intensified HD, whether or not they offer it. Respondents cited a need for more funding and more staff to support the therapy. Among the 44% who did offer the option, most reserved it for patients who were not receiving adequate treatment with conventional HD, and just 19% offered it routinely. Read the abstract.

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    Tags: Intensified Hd

  2. Lower B2M levels linked with WORSE survival on PD

    Unlike HD, a new study of 725 incident PD patients divided into three beta-2 microglobulin tertiles found that the lowest third of B2m levels was associated with a higher risk of death. The increased risk was especially seen in females; older patients; and those with comorbidities, low BMI, low serum albumin, and less residual kidney function. Read the abstract.

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    Tags: Pd, B2m, Morbidity Rate

  3. Does RRF affect quality of life in CAPD?

    The SF-36 was given to 120 adult patients on CAPD for at least 3 months, divided into a group with and without residual renal function. There were no correlations between RRF and total SF-36 scores. However, SF-36 scores did correlate with measures of inflammation, fluid overload, and malnutrition. Read the abstract.

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    Tags: Sf 36, Capd, Rrf

  4. Vascular access for high-risk PD patients

    Which PD patients are at risk for technique failure and should proactively have a vascular access placed for HD? A case-control study compared 72 patients who were transferred from PD to HD to 111 controls who stayed on PD, received a transplant, recovered kidney function, or passed away. Low adequacy or serum albumin, hospitalizations, and peritonitis were predictors of a transfer to HD. Read the abstract.

    Read the abstract » | (added 07/13/2018)

    Tags: Pd, Hd, Technique, Vascular Access

  5. Vitamin D and Cinacalcet linked to PD survival—but not residual kidney function

    In a retrospective look at 581 PD patients, use of Vitamin D and cinacalcet (which have antiinflammatory properties) were linked with 56% and 54% lower risks of death, respectively. But, neither drug slowed the loss of residual function. Read the abstract.

    Read the abstract » | (added 07/13/2018)

    Tags: Vitamin D, Cinacalcet, Risidual Function

  6. PKD and PD – a Metaanalysis

    Among 9 studies totaling 7,197 patients—of whom 882 had polycystic kidney disease—survival was better among the PKD patients. There were no differences in peritonitis or technique survival between those who did and did not have PKD, though those with PKD did have a higher risk of hernias.

    Read the abstract » | (added 06/12/2018)

    Tags: Pd, Pkd, Metaanalysis, Polycystic Kidney Disease

  7. Residual Kidney Function and Sleep Apnea Severity in PD

    A small (n=15), exploratory study of 15 APD patients with home apnea monitors found obstructive sleep apnea in 33%, which correlated with having less residual renal function.

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    Tags: Peritoneal Dialysis, Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  8. New Ideas for Incremental PD

    Starting incremental PD without the exclusive focus on residual plus peritoneal clearances may ease transitions of new patients onto dialysis—and reduce our “obsession” with small moleule kinetics.

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    Tags: Peritoneal Dialysis, Incremental Pd

  9. Whey Protein for PD Malnutrition

    A 6-month multicenter, randomized controlled trial tested protein powder plus dietary counseling vs. counseling only for CAPD patients with low serum albumin and BMI. Significantly more of the protein powder group were able to take in enough protein, and they also had significant increases in serum urea and a normalized protein catabolic rate.

    Read the abstract » | (added 06/12/2018)

    Tags: Peritoneal Dialysis, Malnutrition, Protein Supplementation, Whey Protein

  10. APD May Rapidly Improve Left Heart Failure

    A single-center observational study of 47 CAPD patients with left-sided heart failure found that using a cycler for short-term APD improved ultrafiltration significantly in just 3 days.

    Read the abstract » | (added 06/12/2018)

    Tags: Cycler, Short Term Apd, Ultrafiltration, Capd