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      Feasibility of Dialysate Bolus-Based Absolute Blood Volume Estimation in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients


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          Absolute blood volume (ABV) is a critical component of fluid status, which may inform target weight prescriptions and hemodynamic vulnerability of dialysis patients. Here, we utilized the changes in relative blood volume (RBV), monitored by ultrasound (BVM) upon intradialytic 240 mL dialysate fluid bolus-infusion 1 h after hemodialysis start, to calculate the session-specific ABV. With the main goal of assessing clinical feasibility, our sub-aims were to (i) standardize the BVM-data read-out; (ii) determine optimal time-points for ABV-calculation, “before-” and “after-bolus”; (iii) assess ABV-variation.


          We used high-level programming language and basic descriptive statistics in a retrospective study of routinely measured BVM-data from 274 hemodialysis sessions in 98 patients.


          Regarding (i) and (ii), we automatized the processing of RBV-data, and determined an algorithm to select the adequate RBV-data points for ABV-calculations. Regarding (iii), we found in 144 BVM-curves from 75 patients, that the average ABV ± standard deviation was 5.2 ± 1.5 L and that among those 51 patients who still had ≥2 valid estimates, the average intra-patient standard deviation in ABV was 0.8 L. Twenty-seven of these patients had an average intra-patient standard deviation in ABV <0.5 L.


          We demonstrate feasibility of ABV-calculation by an automated algorithm after dialysate bolus-administration, based on the BVM-curve. Based on our results from this simple “abridged” calculation approach with routine clinical measurements, we encourage the use of multi-compartment modeling and comparison with reference methods of ABV-determination. Hopes are high that clinicians will be able to use ABV to inform target weight prescription, improving hemodynamic stability.

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          Volume regulation, assessment, and management remain basic issues in patients with heart failure. The discussion presented here is directed at opening a reassessment of the pathophysiology of congestion in congestive heart failure and the methods by which we determine volume overload status. Peer-reviewed historical and contemporary literatures are reviewed. Volume overload and fluid congestion remain primary issues for patients with chronic heart failure. The pathophysiology is complex, and the simple concept of intravascular fluid accumulation is not adequate. The dynamics of interstitial and intravascular fluid compartment interactions and fluid redistribution from venous splanchnic beds to central pulmonary circulation need to be taken into account in strategies of volume management. Clinical bedside evaluations and right heart hemodynamic assessments can alert clinicians of changes in volume status, but only the quantitative measurement of total blood volume can help identify the heterogeneity in plasma volume and red blood cell mass that are features of volume overload in patients with chronic heart failure and help guide individualized, appropriate therapy-not all volume overload is the same.
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            Fluid overload is a common characteristic associated with renal progression in CKD. Additionally, fluid overload is an independent predictor of all-cause or cardiovascular mortality in patients on dialysis, but its influence on patients not on dialysis is uncertain. The aim of the study was to assess the relationship between the severity of fluid status and clinical outcomes in an advanced CKD cohort.
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              Blood pressure and volume management in dialysis: conclusions from a Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Controversies Conference

              Blood pressure (BP) and volume control are critical components of dialysis care and have substantial impacts on patient symptoms, quality of life, and cardiovascular complications. Yet, developing consensus best practices for BP and volume control have been challenging, given the absence of objective measures of extracellular volume status and the lack of high-quality evidence for many therapeutic interventions. In February of 2019, Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) held a Controversies Conference titled Blood Pressure and Volume Management in Dialysis to assess the current state of knowledge related to BP and volume management and identify opportunities to improve clinical and patient-reported outcomes among individuals receiving maintenance dialysis. Four major topics were addressed: BP measurement, BP targets, and pharmacologic management of suboptimal BP; dialysis prescriptions as they relate to BP and volume; extracellular volume assessment and management with a focus on technology-based solutions; and volume-related patient symptoms and experiences.The overarching theme resulting from presentations and discussions was that managing BP and volume in dialysis involves weighing multiple clinical factors and risk considerations as well as patient lifestyle and preferences, all within a narrow therapeutic window for avoiding acute or chronic volume-related complications. Striking this challenging balance requires individualizing the dialysis prescription by incorporating comorbid health conditions, treatment hemodynamic patterns, clinical judgment, and patient preferences into decision-making, all within local resource constraints.

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                Front Med (Lausanne)
                Front Med (Lausanne)
                Front. Med.
                Frontiers in Medicine
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                10 February 2022
                : 9
                : 801089
                [1] 1Division of Nephrology and Dialysis, Department of Medicine III, Medical University of Vienna , Vienna, Austria
                [2] 2Department of Epidemiology, Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna , Vienna, Austria
                [3] 3AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Center for Health & Bioresources, Medical Signal Analysis , Vienna, Austria
                [4] 4Division of Physiology, Otto Loewi Research Center, Medical University of Graz , Graz, Austria
                [5] 5Independent Researcher , Rosbach, Germany
                Author notes

                Edited by: Maik Gollasch, Charité University Medicine Berlin, Germany

                Reviewed by: Martin K. Kuhlmann, Vivantes Hospital, Germany; Chih-Yu Yang, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan

                *Correspondence: Manfred Hecking manfred.hecking@ 123456meduniwien.ac.at

                This article was submitted to Nephrology, a section of the journal Frontiers in Medicine

                †These authors have contributed equally to this work

                Copyright © 2022 Krenn, Schmiedecker, Schneditz, Hödlmoser, Mayer, Wassertheurer, Omic, Schernhammer, Wabel and Hecking.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

                : 24 October 2021
                : 04 January 2022
                Page count
                Figures: 4, Tables: 3, Equations: 2, References: 42, Pages: 11, Words: 7371
                Funded by: Vienna Science and Technology Fund, doi 10.13039/501100001821;
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                blood volume,chronic kidney disease,fluid status,hemodialysis,renal insufficiency,chronic,renal dialysis


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