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      On-Line Hemodiafiltration as Routine Treatment of End-Stage Renal Failure: Why Pre- or Mixed Dilution Mode Is Necessary in On-Line Hemodiafiltration Today?

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          Hemodiafiltration (HDF) is a well-recognized treatment modality that offers a way of optimizing renal replacement therapy efficacy of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients. On-line production of substitution fluid by the ‘cold sterilization’ process (ultrafiltration) gives access to an unlimited amount of sterile and non-pyrogenic IV grade solution. This advantageous low-cost solution may therefore be employed to develop various forms of high-flux HDF modalities (ol-HDF). High-flux post-dilutional HDF (post-HDF) has mainly been used in clinical practice since it offers the most efficient and best compromise between diffusive and convective clearances. Nowadays, the new targets in anemia correction have created hemorheological conditions that render high filtration rate more difficult to achieve and/or at the expense of higher transmembrane pressure. To overcome this new challenging condition and keeping the same concept, it has been proposed to develop alternative modalities with various sites of fluid substitution (predilution, mixed pre-post with various percentages) in HDF. In this presentation we discuss the benefits of using pre-HDF and show how to match performances with post-HDF. Potential advantages of new ol-HDF options (pre-, mixed and mid-dilution) that are advocated have to be demonstrated in clinical trials. On-line HDF is a multipurpose treatment method that is employed to improve care and outcomes of ESRD patients. Due to its versatility, ol-HDF should be considered as a technical platform permitting to personalize and tailor treatment to patients’ needs. The mode of substitution (post-, pre-, mixed or mid-dilution) should be established according to hemorheological conditions of the individual patient.

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          Change from conventional haemodiafiltration to on-line haemodiafiltration.

          On-line haemodiafiltration (HDF) is a technique which combines diffusion with elevated convection and uses pyrogen-free dialysate as a replacement fluid. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the difference between conventional HDF (1-3 l/h) and on-line HDF (6-12 l/h). The study included 37 patients, 25 males and 12 females. The mean age was 56.5 +/- 13 years and duration of dialysis was 62.7 +/- 49 months. Three patients dropped out for transplantation, three patients died and three failed to complete the study period. Initially all patients were on conventional HDF with high-flux membranes over the preceding 34 +/- 32 months. Treatment was performed with blood flow (QB) 402 +/- 41 ml/min, dialysis time (Td) 187 min, dialysate flow (QD) 654 +/- 126 ml/min and replacement fluid (Qi) 4.0 +/- 2 l/session. Patients were changed to on-line HDF with the same filtre and dialysis time, QD 679 +/- 38 ml/min (NS), QB 434 +/- 68 ml/min (P < 0.05) and post-dilutional replacement fluid 22.5 +/- 4.3 l/session (P < 0.001). We compared conventional HDF with on-line HDF over a period of 1 year. Dialysis adequacy was monitored according to standard clinical and biochemical criteria. Kinetic analysis of urea and beta2-micro-globulin (beta2m) was performed monthly. Tolerance was excellent and no pyrogenic reactions were observed. Pre-dialysis sodium increased 2 mEq/l during on-line HDF. Plasma potassium, pre- and post-dialysis bicarbonate, uric acid, phosphate, calcium, iPTH, albumin, total proteins, cholesterol and triglycerides remained stable. The mean plasma beta2m reduction ratio increased from 56.1 +/- 8.7% in conventional HDF to 71.1 +/- 9.1% in on-line HDF (P < 0.001). The pre-dialysis plasma beta2m decreased from 27.4 +/- 8.1 to 24.2 +/- 6.5 mg/l (P < 0.01). Mean Kt/V (Daugirdas 2nd generation) was 1.35 +/- 0.21 in conventional HDF compared with 1.56 +/- 0.29 in on-line HDF (P < 0.01), Kt/Vr (Kt/V taking into consideration post-dialysis urea rebound) 1.12 +/- 0.17 vs 1.26 +/- 0.20 (P < 0.01), BUN time average concentration (TAC) 44.4 +/- 9 vs 40.6 +/- 10 mg/dl (P < 0.05) and protein catabolic rate (PCR) 1.13 +/- 0.22 vs 1.13 +/- 0.24 g/kg (NS). There was a significant increase in haemoglobin (10.66 +/- 1.1 vs 11.4 +/- 1.5) and haematocrit (32.2 +/- 2.9 vs 34.0 +/- 4.4%), P < 0.05, during the on-line HDF period, which allowed a decrease in the erythropoietin doses (3861 +/- 2446 vs 3232 +/- 2492 UI/week), (P < 0.05). Better blood pressure control (MAP 103.8 +/- 15 vs 97.8 +/- 11 mmHg, P < 0.01) and a lower percentage of patients requiring antihypertensive drugs were also observed. The change from conventional HDF to on-line HDF results in increased convective removal and fluid replacement (18 l/session). During on-line HDF treatment, dialysis dose was increased for both small and large molecules with a decrease in uraemic toxicity level (TAC). On-line HDF provided a better correction of anaemia with lower dosages of erythropoietin. Finally, blood pressure was easily controlled.
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            Switch from conventional to high-flux membrane reduces the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome and mortality of hemodialysis patients.

            The use of a high-flux membrane, which eliminates larger molecular weight solutes with better biocompatibility, has steadily increased since the discovery of beta-2 microglobulin (beta 2m) amyloidosis in 1985. The long-term effects of a dialyzer membrane on morbidity and mortality are not completely understood. To examine the membrane effect as a factor of carpal tunnel syndrome onset and mortality, multivariate Cox regression analysis with time-dependent covariate was conducted on 819 patients from March 1968 to November 1994 at a single center. Two hundred and forty-eight of the patients were either switched from the conventional to high-flux membrane or treated only with a high-flux membrane. Fifty-one patients underwent a CTS operation and 206 died. Membrane status (on high-flux or on conventional) was considered as time-dependent covariate and risk was adjusted for age, gender, type of renal disease and calendar year of dialysis initiation. The relative risk of CTS was reduced to 0.503 (P < 0.05) and mortality 0.613 (P < 0.05) by dialysis on the high-flux membrane, compared to the conventional membrane. Serial measurements of beta 2m indicated significantly lower beta 2m to persist in patients on the high-flux membrane. The high-flux membrane decreased the risk of morbidity and mortality substantially. Larger molecule elimination was shown important not only for preventing beta 2m amyloidosis, but for prolonging survival of dialysis patients as well.
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              Change from three times a week on-line hemodiafiltration to short daily on-line hemodiafiltration.

              Daily dialysis has shown excellent clinical results because a higher frequency of dialysis is more physiologic. On-line hemodiafiltration (OL-HDF) is a HDF technique that combines diffusion with high convection in which the dialysis fluid itself is used as a reinfusion solution. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the beneficial effect of the more effective dialysis schedule (daily dialysis) with the dialysis modality that offers the highest uremic toxin removal (on-line HDF). Eight patients, six males and two females, on standard 4 to 5 hours three times a week OL-HDF (S-OL-HDF) were switched to daily OL-HDF (D-OL-HDF) 2 to 21/2 hours six times per week. Dialysis parameters were identical during both periods and only frequency and dialysis time of each session were changed. Tolerance, uremic toxin removal, urea kinetics, biochemical and anemia profiles, blood pressure, and left ventricular hypertrophy were evaluated. D-OL-HDF was well accepted and tolerated. The disappearance of postdialysis fatigue was rapidly reported by patients. Patients mantained the same [time average concentration (TAC) and weekly single-pool Kt/V (spKt/V)] throughout the study. However, equivalent renal urea clearance (EKR), standard Kt/V and weekly urea reduction ratio (URR) were increased during D-OL-HDF. Weekly urea, creatinine, osteocalcin, beta2-microglobulin, myoglobin, and prolactin reduction ratios were improved with D-OL-HDF. There was a significant decrease in predialysis plasma levels of urea, creatinine, acid uric, beta2-microglobulin and homocysteine over 6 months. Phosphate binders were reduced and antihypertensive drugs were stopped. A 30% regression of left ventricular mass was observed. The change from S-OL-HDF to D-OL-HDF was well tolerated. Disappearance of postdialysis fatigue, better dialysis adequacy, a higher removal of middle and large molecules, a reduction of phosphate binders, improvement of status nutritional, and an important reduction of cardiovascular risk factors were observed.

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                Blood Purif
                Blood Purification
                S. Karger AG
                January 2005
                27 January 2005
                : 22
                : Suppl 2
                : 40-48
                aDepartment of Nephrology, bRenal Research and Training Institute, cAIDER, and dBiochemistry Laboratory, Lapeyronie University Hospital, Montpellier, France
                81874 Blood Purif 2004;22(suppl 2):40–48
                © 2004 S. Karger AG, Basel

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