Annual Dialysis Conference Meeting Coverage

Pruritus Has Adverse Impact on Quality of Life in Dialysis Patients

In a study, 30% of patients reported they were moderately to extremely bothered by itching.

Guidance Needed for Patients who Start Dialysis Acutely

Unplanned initiation of dialysis often occurs in a hospital.

RCC Incidence Higher Among Dialysis Patients

Biopsy-proven renal cell carcinoma developed in 35 (0.5%) of 6,827 ESRD patients.

Uncontrolled Hypertension Linked to Beta Blockers in HD Patients

Hemodialysis patients who use of the medications are less tolerant of ultrafiltration

Nondialytic Therapy May Benefit Selected Elderly ESRD Patients

Conservative approach can improve the quality of life in patients with extensive comorbidities.

Combo Flu Shot Safe in Pediatric Kidney Transplant Patients

No anti-HLA antibodies developed following administration of the influenza A/H1N1 vaccine.

Cinacalcet May Reduce ESA Use

PHOENIX—Cinacalcet hydrochloride (CH) treatment in dialysis patients with secondary hyperparathyroidism may improve responsiveness to an erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (ESA) by reducing systemic inflammation, resulting in decreased ESA requirements, new data suggest.

Low Mg May Hike Mortality in PD Patients

Low Mg May Hike Mortality in PD Patients

PHOENIX—Lower serum magnesium levels are a significant predictor of mortality in patient on peritoneal dialysis (PD), researchers found.

Low Vitamin D, Anemia Linked in CKD Patients

PHOENIX—Chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients with anemia have significantly lower levels of 25 vitamin D (25D) than those without anemia, researchers concluded.

Caution Urged Regarding Warfarin Use

PHOENIX—The benefits of warfarin should be weighed against potential complications when used to treat atrial fibrillation (AF) in hemodialysis (HD) patients, according to British researchers.

Marked Hyperglycemia Raises Death Risk in PD Patients

PHOENIX—Marked hyperglycemia in diabetic patients on chronic peritoneal dialysis (CPD) are at increased risk of death, a study found.

Peritoneal Dialysis Called Underused

Reasons include a lack of nephrologist training in the modality and a number of mistaken beliefs.

Switch to Hemodiafiltration May Be Beneficial

SEATTLE—Switching from five-hour hemodialysis (HD) to four-hour hemodiafiltration (HDF) does not significantly alter patient outcomes except for serum albumin levels, according to a new study by French researchers

Diabetics Face More Surgeries After Starting HD

SEATTLE—The frequency of surgical operations increases in diabetics after the start of hemodialysis (HD), according to researchers. The main reason is an increase in the frequency of amputations for gangrene.

More Fracture Risk Assessments Needed

SEATTLE—Dialysis patients are at increased risk for fractures, and these fractures are associated with a higher morbidity and mortality compared with fractures in the general population, according to nephrologist Jean Holley, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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