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OBJECTIVE No studies have been done to examine factors that predict the outcome of bacterial peritonitis during peritoneal dialysis (PD), beyond the contribution of the organism causing the peritonitis, concurrent exit-site or tunnel infection, and abdominal catastrophes. DESIGN In this study we examined several clinical and laboratory parameters that(More)
Fatigue is a common complaint in long term dialysis patients that may influence their quality of life. The present study was carried out in order to evaluate the prevalence and course of fatigue in a group of chronic PD patients and to find the possible factor(s) related to its development. We retrospectively reviewed 100 charts of the patients previously(More)
Narrow-band ultraviolet (NB-UVB) phototherapy emits mostly 311/312 nm light and is commonly used in the treatment of inflammatory skin disorders. As a source of UVB irradiation, NB-UVB causes apoptosis in T lymphocytes but its effects on keratinocytes are unknown. Herein, we have investigated the ability of NB-UVB to induce apoptosis in keratinocytes. Two(More)
As peritonitis rates are declining, the rate of technique failure due to ultrafiltration failure and inadequate solute removal is becoming more important. The failure of the peritoneal membrane to provide adequate dialysis increases with longer duration on PD and correlates with the structural changes in the peritoneal membrane. The exact mechanism(More)
Over the last 10 years an increasing number of patients worldwide have started dialysis or had transplantation. Many are elderly with complex comorbid conditions. Registries across the world all show a rapid and dramatic increase in the number of older patients accepted for renal replacement therapy. In addition, the number of patients who grow old on(More)
Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in patients with end-stage renal disease. Uncontrolled hypertension and volume expansion contribute to alternations in left ventricular geometry and are independent predictors of poor survival in dialysis patients. Excessive salt intake is a major handicap with loss of residual renal function. Sodium(More)
In this paper we investigate the performance of the Discrete Wavelet Transform (DWT) with Dynamic Time Warping , Vector Quantization and Artificial Neural Networks for speaker-dependent, isolated word recognition. Wavelet Transforms have demonstrated good time-frequency localization properties and are appropriate tools for the analysis of non-stationary(More)