May 1, 2017

A Randomized, Controlled Trial of Rituximab in IgA Nephropathy with Proteinuria and Renal Dysfunction

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In this open label, multicenter study conducted over 1-year follow-up randomized 34 adult patients with biopsy-proven IgA nephropathy and proteinuria >1 g/d, maintained on angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers with well controlled BP and eGFR<90 ml/min per 1.73 m2, to receive standard therapy or rituximab with standard therapy. median baseline serum creatinine level (range) was 1.4 (0.8-2.4) […]

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May 1, 2017

Pain Management in CKD: A Guide for Nephrology Providers

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This review provides nephrology providers with basic skills for pain management. These skills include recognition of types of pain (nociceptive and neuropathic) syndromes and appropriate history-taking skills. Furthermore, providers are taught to assess clinical circumstances in which specialist referral is beneficial, including those who are at high risk for addiction, at risk for adverse effects […]

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May 1, 2017

A Clinical Risk Prediction Tool for 6-Month Mortality After Dialysis Initiation Among Older Adults

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This study derived and validated a clinical risk prediction tool for all-cause mortality among older adults during the first 6 months of maintenance dialysis treatment using linked administrative and clinical data to define a cohort of 2,199 older adults (age ≥ 65 years) in Alberta, Canada. A 19-point risk score was developed for 6-month mortality that […]

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May 1, 2017

The Effect of Predialysis Fistula Attempt on Risk of All-Cause and Access-Related Death

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This study was designed to determine the proportion of access-related deaths in a retrospective cohort study of 2300 patients aged ≥18 years who initiated hemodialysis between 2004 and 2012 at five Canadian dialysis programs. There was significantly lower mortality in individuals who underwent a predialysis fistula attempt than in those without a predialysis fistula attempt […]

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May 1, 2017

Dietary salt restriction is beneficial to the management of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease

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This is a post hoc analysis of the HALT-PKD clinical trials looked to determine if sodium restriction slows the progression of ADPKD. Linear mixed models examined whether dietary sodium affected rates of total kidney volume or change in estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) in patients with an eGFR over 60 ml/min/1.73 m2 (Study A) or the […]

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May 1, 2017

Obesity increases the risk of end-stage renal disease among living kidney donors

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This study looked at the risk of ESRD associated with obesity at the time of donation among 119 769 live kidney donors in the United States with a maximum follow-up was 20 years. The estimated risk of ESRD 20 years after donation was 93.9 per 10 000 for obese; significantly greater than the 39.7 per 10 […]

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May 1, 2017

Cigarette smoking and chronic kidney disease in the general population: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies 

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This meta-analysis looked at 15 prospective cohort studies, including 65 064 incident CKD cases.  Compared with never-smokers, the summary relative risks of incident CKD were 1.27 (95% CI 1.19–1.35) for ever-smokers, 1.34 (95% CI 1.23–1.47) for current smokers and 1.15 (95% CI 1.08–1.23) for former smokers. The SRRs for end-stage renal disease development were 1.51 (95% […]

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May 1, 2017

ISPD Catheter-Related Infection Recommendations: 2017 Update

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The International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis updated recommendations on the catheter-related infections.          

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February 9, 2017

Association between Preoperative Vascular Function and Postoperative Arteriovenous Fistula Development

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Arteriovenous fistula (AVF) maturation failure is the primary cause of dialysis vascular access dysfunction. To evaluate whether preoperative vascular functional properties predict postoperative AVF measurements, patients enrolled in the Hemodialysis Fistula Maturation Study underwent up to five preoperative vascular function tests (VFTs): flow-mediated dilation (FMD), nitroglycerin-mediated dilation (NMD), carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity, carotid-radial pulse wave […]

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February 9, 2017

Managing glomerular disease in pregnancy

This article reviews the pre-pregnancy counseling that women with glomerular-based diseases should ideally receive to allow them to make an informed decision about proceeding with a pregnancy as well as an approach to the diagnosis of pregnancy-associated worsening of kidney function and proteinuria as well as pregnancy-safe management strategies.

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February 9, 2017

Dietary salt restriction is beneficial to the management of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease

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This is a post hoc analysis of the HALT-PKD clinical trials of renin-angiotensin blockade in patients with ADPKD showed that sodium restriction is beneficial in the management of ADPKD.      

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February 9, 2017

Residual Kidney Function Decline and Mortality in Incident Hemodialysis Patients

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This is a longitudinal cohort study of 6538 patients who started maintenance hemodialysis over a 4-year period (January 2007 through December 2010) and had available renal urea clearance (CLurea) data at baseline and 1 year after hemodialysis initiation.  This study  examined the association of annual change in renal CLurea rate with subsequent survival. The median (interquartile […]

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February 9, 2017

AKI and Long-Term Risk for Cardiovascular Events and Mortality

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This systematic review and meta-analysis of 25 studies involving 254 408 patients assessed whether AKI associates with long-term cardiovascular disease. AKI associated with an 86% and a 38% increased risk of cardiovascular mortality and major cardiovascular events, respectively ([RR 1.86; 95% confidence interval (95% CI), 1.72 to 2.01] and [RR 1.38; 95% CI, 1.23 to […]

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