Late referral--a major cause of poor outcome in the very elderly dialysis patient.

@article{Schwenger2006LateRM,
  title={Late referral--a major cause of poor outcome in the very elderly dialysis patient.},
  author={Vedat Schwenger and Christian Morath and Alex Hofmann and Oskar Hoffmann and Martin G. Zeier and Elizabeth Ritz},
  journal={Nephrology, dialysis, transplantation : official publication of the European Dialysis and Transplant Association - European Renal Association},
  year={2006},
  volume={21 4},
  pages={
          962-7
        }
}
BACKGROUND The population of incident dialysis patients is progressively ageing and dialysis outcome is particularly poor in the elderly. There is little documentation whether late referral is more frequent in the very elderly (> or =75 years) as compared with non-elderly patients and whether it contributes, at least in part, to their particularly poor outcome. METHODS In a retrospective single center study we assessed all consecutive patients (n = 254) who had been admitted to haemodialysis… CONTINUE READING
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