Ming-Shiou Wu

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BACKGROUND/AIMS Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is an important determinant of treatment effectiveness in dialysis patients. To our knowledge, there are no reports evaluating HRQOL of hemodialysis (HD) in Chinese patients. The purpose of this study is to present our results about HRQOL using the 36-Item Short-Form (SF-36) questionnaire on Taiwanese(More)
BACKGROUND People who have come close to death may report an unusual experience known as a near-death experience (NDE). This study aims to investigate NDEs and their aftereffects in dialysis patients. STUDY DESIGN Cross-sectional study. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS 710 dialysis patients at 7 centers in Taipei, Taiwan. PREDICTOR Demographic characteristics,(More)
Xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis (XGP) is a chronic inflammatory condition of the kidneys. Nevertheless, disparities between the pre-operative and pathological diagnoses are frequently encountered. We reviewed all patients with XGP over a 17-year period to identify and characterize the pre-operative and pathological characteristics of the disease in our(More)
BACKGROUND Particular attention should be paid to postoperative patients that suffer from severe acute kidney injury (AKI) requiring renal replacement therapy (RRT). METHODS This multicenter prospective observational study included 342 patients with postoperative AKI requiring RRT from January 2002 to December 2006. RESULTS There were 137 (40%)(More)
BACKGROUND Sexual function is one aspect of physical functioning. Sexual dysfunction, no matter the etiology, could cause distress. In female hemodialysis patients, sexual problems have often been neglected in clinical performance and research. METHODS We conducted this study by use of self-reported questionnaires. A total of 578 female hemodialysis(More)
The risk factors influencing the natural course of chronic kidney disease (CKD) are complex and heterogeneous, and few systematic reviews to date have focused on this issue. The aim of the study is to identify the risk factors for disease development and progression in each stage of CKD. We conducted electronic literature searches of PubMed, MEDLINE,(More)
BACKGROUND Metabolic syndrome (MS) is thought to be a risk marker for cardiovascular diseases in the general population and in patients with chronic kidney disease. This study investigated whether the presence of MS also modifies cardiovascular (CV) outcomes among non-diabetic patients undergoing long-term peritoneal dialysis (PD). METHODS We enrolled 280(More)
Renal sensory responses and reflex function were examined in rats 24 h after 45 min of ischemic injury caused by unilateral renal arterial occlusion (RAO). The integrity of renal pelvic mechanoreceptor (MRu)-mediated renorenal reflex was examined. An increase in ipsilateral afferent renal nerve activity (ARNA) and a reflex decrease in efferent renal nerve(More)
  • Yu-Feng Lin, Jeng-Wen Huang, +5 authors Kwan-Dun Wu
  • Nephrology
  • 2009
AIM Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) often start long-term haemodialysis (HD) thrice weekly, regardless of the level of residual renal function (RRF). In this study, we investigated whether ESRD patients having sufficient RRF can be maintained on twice-weekly HD, and how they fare compared to patients without RRF on thrice-weekly HD. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND In response to ischemic/hypoxic preconditioning, tissues/organs exhibit protective responses to subsequent and severe ischemic stress. We hypothesized that repetitive hypoxic preconditioning (RHP) may provide long-lasting protection than single preconditioning against ischemia/reperfusion injury in rat kidneys through hypoxia-induced factor(More)