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Studies of outcomes associated with dialysis therapies have yielded conflicting results. Bloembergen et al showed that prevalent patients on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) or continuous cycling peritoneal dialysis (CCPD) had a 19% higher mortality risk than hemodialysis patients, and Fenton et al, analyzing Canadian incident patients,(More)
OBJECTIVE Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) has been shown to play a role in peritoneal complications due to long-term peritoneal dialysis (PD). In this study, we examined the effects of the TGF-beta signaling pathway on peritoneal inflammation associated with PD in rats by over-expressing Smad7, an inhibitor of TGF-beta/Smad signaling. METHODS(More)
AIM Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) has been shown to play a role in peritoneal angiogenesis associated with peritoneal dialysis (PD). The present study investigated whether blockade of TGF-β signalling with Smad7 has a therapeutic effect on PD induced-peritoneal angiogenesis. METHODS A rat model of peritoneal dialysis was induced by a daily(More)
Chronic kidney disease accounts for much of the increased mortality, especially in the elder population. The prevalence of this disease is expected to increase significantly as the society ages. Our aim was to evaluate the kidney function and risk factors of reduced renal function among elderly Chinese patients. This study retrospectively collected clinical(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies show that alternatively activated macrophages (AAMs) are involved in tissue remodeling and fibrosis. However, the relationship between AAMs and the development of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) is unclear. The aim of this study is to investigate the correlation among AAMs, prostate volume, and lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS)(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Cardiorenal syndrome type 1 (CRS1) is a syndrome characterized by a rapid worsening of cardiac function leading to acute kidney injury (AKI). The aims of this study were to investigate the risk factors and the prognosis of CRS1 in elderly patients. METHODS A total of 312 elderly patients (≥60 years old) with acute heart failure (AHF) were(More)
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