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      Removal of Serum Beta-2 Microglobulin Using High-Performance Membranes and Analysis of Changes in Serum BMG Levels after Dialysis

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          Background/Aims: The present study was undertaken to analyze the β<sub>2</sub>-microglobulin (BMG)-removing efficiency of high-performance membranes (HPMs) in relation to changes in serum BMG levels after dialysis. Methods: In 10 stable dialysis patients, six different HPMs were used in a crossover method. Serum BMG levels were measured immediately before dialysis, immediately after, 4 h after, and immediately before the next dialysis. On the basis of these measurements, the BMG removal rate was calculated. Results: The BMG removal rate as calculated on the basis of the BMG level immediately after dialysis was 11.29% higher than the rate calculated on the basis of the BMG level 4 h after dialysis. Conclusion: The BMG removal rate can be overestimated if it is calculated on the basis of the BMG level immediately after dialysis.

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          Am J Nephrol
          American Journal of Nephrology
          S. Karger AG
          June 1998
          06 May 1998
          : 18
          : 3
          : 228-232
          a 2nd Division of Internal Medicine, Kansai Medical University, Kohori Hospital and b Nakamura Clinic, Neyagawa, Osaka, Japan
          13341 Am J Nephrol 1998;18:228–232
          © 1998 S. Karger AG, Basel

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