Elizabeth Piva

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To examine the prevalence of depressive symptoms and its relationship with quality-of-life domains in home-care cancer patients at an advanced stage of illness, 86 patients were given psychological tests for depression (Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale) (HAD) and quality of life (EORTC-QLQ-C30) 1 week after admission to the home-care program. Using a(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the effect of home nocturnal hemodialysis (NHD) in North American children. STUDY DESIGN Four teenagers underwent NHD for 8 hours, 6 to 7 nights/week, using either central venous lines or fistulae for periods of 6 to 12 months. Blood flow approximated 200 mL/min, and dialysate flow was 300 mL/min; the dialysate contained potassium(More)
Studies in adults show superior serum phosphate and parathyroid hormone (PTH) control on slow nocturnal haemodialysis (NHD) compared with conventional haemodialysis. We studied the progress of four children aged 12, 13, 14 and 16 years after they had been initiated on NHD. The follow-up period ranged from 6 months to 20 months. Biochemical indices of bone(More)
Icodextrin is a solution of glucose polymers developed to provide sustained ultrafiltration over an extended dwell. Our aim was to determine whether or not fill volume with icodextrin contributes to the ability to achieve ultrafiltration in children. The charts of all children on chronic peritoneal dialysis between January 2000 and July 2014 were screened(More)
Active Vitamin D sterols such as calcitriol and alfacalcidol are quite effective in the treatment of mineral bone disease secondary to chronic kidney disease. However, some children on peritoneal dialysis (PD) are resistant to oral formulations of active Vitamin D, and use of an intravenous formulation in such patients is inconvenient. In these children,(More)
Whereas the success of nocturnal home hemodialysis (NHHD) as a treatment modality for adults has been clearly demonstrated, there is very little experience with NHHD in children. There are genuine concerns related to patient safety, as well as a potentially overwhelming burden on the parents of children, while supervising NHHD. Each of these issues has been(More)
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