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      Cytokine Removal in Septic Patients with Continuous Venovenous Hemofiltration

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          Despite the progress that has been made in intensive care medicine, multiple organ failure is still associated with high mortality. Apart from the prevention of infectious complications, numerous efforts are being made to improve the treatment of sepsis through adequate antibiotic therapy, the development of new respirator therapies, better control of the hemodynamic situation, and adequate renal replacement therapy. Some authors advocate continuous renal replacement therapy not only for acute renal failure but also for the elimination of inflammatory molecules such as cytokines. Continuous renal replacement therapy improves the cardiovascular hemodynamics in patients with multiple organ failure. Therapeutic options such as volume control, clearance of uremic toxins, correction of acid base disturbances and temperature control are improved. Suitable renal replacement therapy improves not only cardiovascular hemodynamics but also patient survival. In current practice, continuous renal replacement therapy is not used to eliminate mediators such as cytokines. In patients with multiple organ failure and compromised cardiovascular hemodynamics, renal replacement therapy should be carried out as early as possible. In the following review, experimental and clinical findings concerning mediator elimination by continuous and intermittent renal replacement therapy are summarized.

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          Long-term results of overlapping anterior anal-sphincter repair for obstetric trauma.

          Anterior structural damage to the anal sphincter occurs in up to a third of women at first vaginal delivery, and of these a third have new bowel symptoms. The standard treatment for such structural damage is anterior overlapping anal-sphincter repair. We aimed to assess the long-term results of this operation. We assessed the long-term results in 55 consecutive patients who had had repair a minimum of 5 years (median 77 months [range 60-96]) previously. Questionnaire and telephone interview assessed current bowel function and continence, restriction in activities related to bowel control, and overall satisfaction with the results of surgery. 42 of these patients had been continent of solid and liquid stool at a median of 15 months after the repair. We were able to contact 47 (86%) of the 55 patients. One of these patients had required a proctectomy and end ileostomy for Crohn's disease. Of the remaining 46 patients, 27 reported improved bowel control without the need for further surgery, and 23 rated their symptom improvement as 50% or greater. Seven patients had undergone further surgery for incontinence and one patient had not had a covering stoma closed. Thus, the long-term functional outcome of the sphincter repair alone could be assessed in 38 patients. Of these patients, none was fully continent to both stool and flatus; only four were totally continent to solid and liquid stool; six had no faecal urgency; and eight had no passive soiling. Of the 38 patients, 20 still wore a pad for incontinence and 25 reported lifestyle restriction. 14 reported the onset of a new evacuation disorder after sphincter repair. 23 of the 46 patients contacted had a successful long-term outcome (defined as no further surgery and urge faecal incontinence monthly or less). The results of overlapping sphincter repair for obstetric anal-sphincter damage seem to deteriorate with time. Preoperative counselling should emphasise that although most patients will improve after the procedure, continence is rarely perfect, many have residual symptoms, and some may develop new evacuation disorders.
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            Effects of filter pore size on efficacy of continuous arteriovenous hemofiltration therapy for Staphylococcus aureus-induced septicemia in immature swine.

             Laura Pryor,  P Lee,  H Weger (1998)
            To evaluate the effect of hemofilter pore size on the efficacy of continuous arteriovenous hemofiltration (CAVH) in improving morbidity and mortality in an immature swine model of Staphylococcus aureus-induced septicemia. Prospective, randomized study with age-matched controls. Biomedical research facility. Fourteen 4 to 8-wk-old, weaned Poland-China swine, weighing 5 to 10 kg. Spontaneously breathing, ketamine-sedated swine (4 to 8 wks of age) were given an intravenous lethal dose of live S. aureus. Animals were then filtered with either a 50-kilodalton (kD) pore size filter (control) or a 100-kD pore size filter (experimental). No animals received antibiotics. Physiologic, biochemical, and hematologic parameters were measured in all animals every 1 to 3 hrs. Animals were monitored continuously and survival time (hr) was recorded (permanent survival = 168 hrs/7 days). Animals filtered with the 100-kD filter survived significantly longer than control animals (103 +/- 18 [SEM] vs. 56 +/- 9 hrs). The 100-kD-filtered group had one permanent survivor (168 hrs). Protein concentration of the ultrafiltrate obtained from the 100-kD-filtered animals was eight-fold higher than control ultrafiltrate. The protein removed did not contain a high percentage of albumin (as determined by autoanalyzer methods). No significant differences were seen in any of the other measured parameters. CAVH significantly improved survival in swine with S. aureus-induced sepsis. The superior performance of the 100-kD filter vs. the 50-kD filter suggests that higher molecular weight mediators that are not removed efficiently by the 50-kD filter may be responsible for the morbidity and mortality seen in this model of sepsis. These mediators may be removed in greater proportion by our customized (100-kD pore size) filter.
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                Kidney Blood Press Res
                Kidney and Blood Pressure Research
                S. Karger AG
                05 June 2003
                : 26
                : 2
                : 128-134
                aDepartment of Medicine III, Solingen General Hospital, University of Cologne, Solingen and bDepartment of Nephrology and Rheumatology, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
                70996 Kidney Blood Press Res 2003;26:128–134
                © 2003 S. Karger AG, Basel

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