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Although substantial evidence suggests that treatment of dyslipidemia with statins reduces mortality and morbidity that are associated with cardiovascular disease, only a few studies have examined the efficacy of statins on inflammatory and fibrinolytic status in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). A 6-mo, prospective, randomized study was designed(More)
BACKGROUND Nonocclusive mesenteric ischemia (NOMI) is an emerging condition in hemodialysis (HD) patients not widely studied. MATERIALS AND METHODS A retrospective study was conducted between 2003 and 2011. NOMI cases were recorded, and demographic, clinical, biochemical, and HD parameters were collected. This group was compared with a control group (n =(More)
UNLABELLED Elderly patients are increasingly enrolled in dialysis programs and present a series of special characteristics due to their high morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVE To describe the characteristics of incident dialysis patients aged >75 years, their comorbidities and their admissions, with a view to determining the factors that influence their(More)
BACKGROUND A small number of hemodialysis (HD) patients have normal hemoglobin (Hb) levels without the need for erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs). The factors associated with this condition have been little studied. The objective of this prospective study was to determine these factors in a prevalent population of HD patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS(More)
INTRODUCTION Protein-energy malnutrition is a risk factor for mortality in dialysis patients; however, its clinical assessment has not been well defined. Electrical bioimpedance (EBI) is a non-invasive and objective procedure, which is increasingly being used for this assessment. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study is to analyse the relationship between the(More)
BACKGROUND Haematuria has been traditionally considered as a benign hallmark of some glomerular diseases; however new studies show that haematuria may decrease renal function. OBJECTIVE To determine the influence of haematuria on the rate of chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression in 71 proteinuric patients with advanced CKD (baseline eGFR <30 mL/min)(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Hemodialysis patients have a greater risk of infection than individuals not on dialysis. Procalcitonin has been shown to rise in bacterial from but widely studied in hemodialysis patients. The present study evaluates procalcitonin as an early predictor of infection in this population. METHODS A historical cohorts study was made of 211(More)
BACKGROUND Our aims were to determine the rate of progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and to identify predictors, with particular emphasis on bone and mineral metabolism. METHODS Retrospective and observational study including 300 patients with advanced CKD (61.2% males, 33.1% diabetics; age 65.6±14 years). Mean follow-up time was 19.4±10.1(More)
BACKGROUND Metabolic syndrome (MS) is a cardiovascular risk factor and is associated with mortality in the general population and in patients with chronic kidney disease. However, few studies have been carried out in patients on haemodialysis (HD). OBJECTIVES The objective of the study is to analyse the effect of MS on the occurrence of cardiovascular(More)