Anna Masajtis-Zagajewska

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BACKGROUND Chronic pain is frequent in both hemodialysis (HD) patients and kidney transplant (KTx) recipients but its detailed characteristics have never been thoroughly investigated. AIM To compare prevalence of pain, its locations and characteristics, and analgesics use in chronic HD and KTx patients. METHODS A cross-sectional comparative study in 164(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Angiotensin II promotes sodium retention and influences the central regulation of fluid intake. Clinical studies on the effect of an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) on xerostomia and thirst in chronic hemodialysis (HD) patients were scarce and gave contradictory results. We hypothesized that a more effective inhibition of the(More)
BACKGROUND A new serum marker of inflammation copeptin (CPP) a stable C-terminal pro-vasopressin was assessed along with conventional markers such as C-reactive protein (CRP), procalcitonin (PCT) and IL-6 to discriminate between lower and upper bacterial urinary tract infections (UTI). METHODS Study population comprised 45 patients including 13 with lower(More)
INTRODUCTION Observational studies have shown that high dietary intake of vitamin K2 is associated with reduced risk of coronary vascular disease and vascular calcification. OBJECTIVES We assessed the effect of vitamin K2 substitution on the progression of atherosclerosis and calcification in nondialyzed patients with CKD stages 3-5. PATIENTS AND(More)
CONTEXT The pathophysiology of calcium-phosphate disturbances in diabetic (DM) kidney disease differs from that in non-DM chronic kidney disease (CKD). OBJECTIVE We compared the effect of a 6-day high-phosphate diet on serum fibroblast growth factor-23 (FGF-23) and other parameters of calcium-phosphate metabolism in DM and non-DM CKD patients. DESIGN(More)
Moxonidine is a selective imidazoline receptor agonist with comparable blood pressure-lowering efficacy to first-line antihypertensives and favorable metabolic effects. YKL-40 (chitinase-3-1-protein) has been proposed as a new marker of inflammation, atherosclerosis and endothelial dysfunction in neoplastic, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases but has not(More)
BACKGROUND Neurological complications are quite frequent in patients after solid organ transplantation, mostly affecting the central nervous system, and less frequently the peripheral nerves. Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a reactive autoimmune disease of the nervous tissue, is the most common cause of acute polyneuropathy in adults following a viral or(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Desphospho-uncarboxylated matrix Gla protein (dp-ucMGP) is formed as a result of vitamin K insufficiency. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between plasma dp-ucMGP, kidney function and cardiovascular risk factors before and after 9-months substitution of vitamin K2 in non-dialysis patients with chronic kidney disease(More)
Urinary tract infection (UTI) is the most common bacterial infection independent of age. It is also one of the most common causes of hospitalizations for infections among elderly people and the most common indication for antibiotic prescriptions in primary care. Both diagnostics and management of lower and upper urinary tract infections provide challenges(More)
BACKGROUND Incretin hormones are secreted in the gut after a meal and stimulate insulin production. Both major incretins, that is, glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP), are eliminated by the kidneys. Little is known about the influence of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) on the incretin axis. The aim of the(More)
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