BACKGROUND AND METHODS The endogenous inhibitor of nitric oxide synthase (NOs) asymmetrical dimethyl-arginine (ADMA) has been implicated as a possible modulator of inducible NOs during acute inflammation. We examined the evolution in the plasma concentration of ADMA measured at the clinical outset of acute inflammation and after its resolution in a series… (More)
BACKGROUND Low T3 is a frequent alteration in patients with ESRD. This derangement has been recently linked to inflammation in haemodialysis patients. Whether this association holds true in peritoneal dialysis patients has not been studied. METHODS We investigated the relationship between low-grade inflammation [IL-6, C-reactive protein (CRP) and serum… (More)
BACKGROUND Chest ultrasound (US) is a non-invasive well-validated technique for estimating extravascular lung water (LW) in patients with heart diseases and in end-stage renal disease. We systematically applied this technique to the whole peritoneal dialysis (PD) population of five dialysis units. METHODS We studied the cross-sectional association between… (More)
BACKGROUND Polymorphisms in the FTO (fat-mass and obesity-associated) gene have been associated with the body mass index, cancer, type 2 diabetes and hypertension. METHODS We investigated the relationship between 17 tag single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and all-cause mortality in three cohorts of dialysis patients (CREED-1, North Apulian and CREED-2… (More)
BACKGROUND Pro-inflammatory cytokines play a key role in bone remodeling. Inflammation is highly prevalent in CKD-5D patients, but the relationship between pro-inflammatory cytokines and fractures in CKD-5D patients is unclear. We studied the relationship between inflammatory cytokines and incident bone fractures in a cohort of CKD-5D patients. METHODS In… (More)
We report the case of a renal transplant patient on tacrolimus who developed a fully reversible renal failure and a doubling in serum tacrolimus closely associated with initiation of ranolazine (Ranexa) treatment, a new anti-angina drug recently introduced in Europe.