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BACKGROUND End-stage renal disease is a state of enhanced oxidative stress (OS) and hemodialysis (HD) and renal anemia further augment this disbalance. Anemia correction with erythropoietin (EPO) may improve oxidative status. However, there is no evidence of time dependent effects of EPO therapy on redox status of HD patients. OBJECTIVE The aim of this(More)
AIM Insomnia is an important problem in dialysis patients. A greater prevalence of insomnia in chronic kidney disease compared with non-renal patients suggests a role for uraemic toxins in contributing to insomnia. The aim of this study was to examine if dialysis modality and membrane permeability is associated with the frequency and severity of insomnia in(More)
BACKGROUND The quality of life in patients undergoing hemodialysis is significantly disturbed. There are data that hemodiafiltration (HDF) may be more effective than conventional hemodialysis in the removal of uremic toxins and may reduce frequency and severity of intradialytic and postdialysis adverse symptoms in patients. Also, some researchers suggest(More)
BACKGROUND The possible influence of gender on tacrolimus disposition and response in kidney transplant recipients is an issue of medical importance. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to detect interpatient pharmacokinetic variability of tacrolimus due to patients' gender and to assess the predictability of individual tacrolimus concentrations using(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM [corrected] Hepcidin may play a pathogenetic role in iron metobolism disorders. The aim of this study was to determine the correlation between hepcidin concentration and parameters of iron metabolism in patients with different stage of chronic kidney disease (CKD). METHODS The study involved 104 patients with CKD: 64 on hemodialysis (HD)(More)
BACKGROUND Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is an independent risk factor for morbidity/mortality in patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD). Our study aimed to identify prevalence as well as independent risk factors that contribute to the development of LV geometric remodeling in our HD patients. METHODS The left ventricles of 116 HD patients were(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effect of periodontal treatment on gingival overgrowth in a group of renal transplant patients. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Twenty-five renal transplant recipients receiving immunosuppressive therapy with cyclosporine A (CsA) were randomly assigned to 2 groups. Group 1 (n = 15) included patients who had been specifically referred to a(More)
Cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality rates are still higher after kidney transplantation than in general population. It is known that oxidative and nitrosative stress may contribute to the progress of CV disease in a post-transplant period, but still gender aspect has not been elucidated completely. The aim of this study was to analyze the gender(More)
Monitoring of tacrolimus blood concentration is of utmost importance in the management of renal transplant recipients because of Narrow Therapeutic Index and highly variable pharmacokinetics. The aim of this study was to detect inter-patient pharmacokinetic variability of tacrolimus and to assess the predictability of individual tacrolimus concentrations at(More)
UNLABELLED Assessment of liver fibrosis is important for making treatment decisions, as well as for predicting prognosis and therapeutic outcome in patients on chronic hemodialysis (HD) treatment and infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). The aim of the present investigation was to evaluate changes in standard laboratory tests (AST, ALT, yGT, cholesterol(More)
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