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      Audit of the Effect of Dialysate Sodium Concentration on Inter-Dialytic Weight Gains and Blood Pressure Control in Chronic Haemodialysis Patients

      Nephron Clinical Practice

      S. Karger AG

      Sodium, Dialysate, Blood pressure

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          Background/Aims: Over the last three decades the standard dialysate sodium concentration has increased from 136 to 140 mmol/l (mEq/l) today. There has been great debate as to whether a reduction in dialysate sodium alone can lead to improved blood pressure control, and reduced inter-dialytic weight gain. Methods: An audit was performed in 469 maintenance regular haemodialysis patients who dialysed in seven different centres under the care of one university medical school. Results: Those centres which predominantly used a dialysate sodium of 140 mmol/l (mEq/l) had increased inter-dialytic weight gains, with more difficult blood pressure control, as not only did a greater percentage of patients require anti-hypertensive medication, but also more were prescribed multiple classes of anti-hypertensive agents. There was no difference in the frequency of symptomatic intra-dialytic hypotension. Conclusions: A reduction in dialysate sodium was associated with lower inter-dialytic weight gains, without any additional intra-dialytic hypotensive episodes. Those patients in whom the difference between the time-averaged dialysate sodium concentration and the midweek pre-dialysis serum sodium was positive result had increased inter-dialytic weight gains, compared to those with a negative value. Reduced dialysate sodium alone was not effective in controlling blood pressure without additional proper dietary sodium restriction.

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                Nephron Clin Pract
                Nephron Clinical Practice
                S. Karger AG
                October 2006
                14 July 2006
                : 104
                : 3
                : c120-c125
                Consultant Renal Physician/Honorary Senior Lecturer, Royal Free and University College Hospital Medical School, Centre for Nephrology, Royal Free Hospital, London, UK
                94544 Nephron Clin Pract 2006;104:c120–c125
                © 2006 S. Karger AG, Basel

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                Cardiovascular Medicine, Nephrology

                Blood pressure, Dialysate, Sodium


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