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      Parathyroidectomy Reduces Intradialytic Hypotension in Hemodialysis Patients with Secondary Hyperparathyroidism

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          Background: Secondary hyperparathyroidism is associated with vascular calcification and arterial stiffness in patients with end-stage renal disease. The aim of this study was to analyze the frequency of intradialytic hypotension (IDH) and cardiovascular function before and after parathyroidectomy (PTX) in maintenance hemodialysis patients. Methods: We compared predialytic and intradialytic blood pressure, left and right ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF and RVEF), and cardiothoracic ratio 1 month before PTX, and 6 and 12 months after PTX. IDH was defined as a decrease in systolic blood pressure ≥ 20 mmHg or a decrease in mean arterial pressure ≥ 10 mmHg. Results: At the time of PTX, the mean age of the patients was 57.4 ± 12.0 years, and the mean dialysis vintage was 12.2 ± 5.8 years. At baseline, 6 months, and 12 months after PTX, the average numbers of sessions disturbed by IDH during 13 dialysis sessions (1 month) were 6.4, 3.9 ( p < 0.016 vs. baseline), and 4.0 sessions ( p < 0.037 vs. baseline, p = 0.801 vs. 6 months), respectively. LVEF and RVEF were improved significantly after PTX. Furthermore, volume status was also improved, as evidenced by the significantly greater ultrafiltration volume and reduced cardiothoracic ratio. Conclusions: Hemodialysis patients with severe secondary hyperparathyroidism are more likely to achieve normotensive and euvolemic status after PTX, probably through improved heart function and reduced IDH episodes.

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                Kidney Blood Press Res
                Kidney and Blood Pressure Research
                S. Karger AG
                November 2013
                22 September 2013
                : 37
                : 4-5
                : 323-331
                aDivision of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital; bSchool of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei; cDepartment of Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Yuanshan Branch, Yilan, Taiwan
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                *Chih-Yu Yang, M.D., Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, No. 201, Section 2, Shih-Pai Road, Taipei 11217 (Taiwan), Tel. +886-2-2871-2121 ext. 2987, Fax +886-2-2875-7841, E-Mail cyyang3@vghtpe gov.tw
                350160 Kidney Blood Press Res 2013;37:323-331
                © 2013 S. Karger AG, Basel

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