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December 11, 2010

Dialysis at early age ups risk of death

A new study has suggested that patients who are starting dialysis at an early age are at an increased risk of death. Glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is a test that describes the flow rate of fluid going through the kidneys & is associated with early dialysis initiation.

The findings appeared in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The study looked at data of adult patients who started dialysis between 2001 to 2007. William Clark, of the London Health Sciences Centre wrote "The consistent absence of a survival benefit with early initiation of dialysis across a variety of study designs, populations & health care delivery systems supports the conclusion that early initiation confers no survival benefit, & argues against pre-emptive initiation of dialysis in asymptomatic patients. In contrast to early initiation of dialysis, early referral to a nephrologist is consistently associated with better survival." 

The authors concluded that further research into detecting the signs, symptoms & laboratory test results associated with a higher death rate & worsened quality of life in patients with kidney failure is needed. To promote this post please click here...

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