Journal Watch

  • Peritonitis with Diarrhea Could be C-diff

    Cloudy PD dialysate can signal infectious peritonitis from a variety of causes—including C-diff. But, use of cephalosporins could worsen a C-diff infection. A new article presents two case histories of C-diff peritonitis and suggests reexamining the traditional empiric treatment of peritonitis when diarrhea is present.

    Read the abstract » | (added 2020-03-16)

  • Physician Reimbursement Increases Did Not Drive PD in Canada

    Among a cohort of 4,262 patients in Alberta, Canada followed between 2001 and 2014, an increase in PD physician pay from $0 to $135 (over a 9-year period) revealed no statistical evidence of a difference in PD use or trends—and the role of the physician in modality selection was unclear.

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  • Nocturnal HD in Children

    There are very few studies of the impact of intensified hemodialysis regimens (days/hours) on children. This review addresses implementation challenges.

    Read the abstract » | (added 2020-03-16)

  • Glucose Degradation Product (GDP) Disrupts Peritoneal Membrane Function

    Growth of new, immature blood vessels on the peritoneal membrane is linked with ultrafiltration failure. Exposure to the GDP methylgyoxal (MGO) up-regulated both vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and suppressed platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) in vitro, potentially disrupting the balance of angiogenesis.

    Read the abstract » | (added 2020-03-16)

  • Why Early Survival on PD Matters

    If survival between PD and standard in-center HD “evens out in the end,” does it matter? Yes, argues Mark Marshall, MD, from New Zealand. The early survival benefit increases patient life years—and persists even when accounting for use of central venous HD catheters. To support shared decision-making, patients have the right to know about survival on PD vs. standard HD.

    Read the abstract » | (added 2020-03-16)

  • Double Purse String Suture for Urgent Start PD Catheters

    An Italian article reports that use of a double purse-string technique allowed immediate CAPD starts within 24 hours of catheter placement, with no difference in complications (mechanical or infectious) or catheter survival between surgical or trocar placement.

    Read the abstract » | (added 2020-03-16)

  • Patient and Clinic Factors Driving Home Dialysis in Australia/New Zealand

    Among 54,773 patients in 76 centers in the ANZDATA registry, an overall 45% (0-87%) were using some form of home dialysis. Males, people of color, and patients who were older, had comorbidities, experienced late nephrology referral, lived remotely, or were obese had lower uptake of home therapies. Smaller centers, those with shorter hours, and clinics who had fewer patients with permanent access had lower uptake as well.

    Read the abstract » | (added 2020-02-19)

  • The Q-Cohort Study: More Dialysis, Less Risk of Cancer

    Uremic toxins increase cancer risk. In a study of 3,450 HD patients followed for 4 years, patients were divided into quartiles based on their baseline Kt/V. Four-year survival dropped linearly along with Kt/V. Every 0.1 increase in Kt/V reduced the risk of cancer death by 8%.

    Read the abstract » | (added 2020-02-19)

  • PD Glucose Absorption and Lipid Profiles

    Lipid status was assessed at baseline and 12 month in 143 CAPD patients, 2/3 of whom used a daytime icodextrin exchange. No associations were found between glucose absorption, lipid profiles, or changes in serum lipids.

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  • Green Nephrology: Reducing the Environmental Impact of Dialysis

    Climate change and extreme weather events both increase the incidence of kidney disease and destabilize care. But, healthcare in general—and dialysis in particular—contribute substantially to greenhouse gases. Monitoring resources and reducing waste in HD can be done through reuse of RO reject water, renewable energy sources, better waste management, and slower dialysate flow rates. For PD, point-of-care dialysate will reduce the environmental impact.

    Read the abstract » | (added 2020-02-19)