Hemodiafiltration Could Cut Mortality Risk for Kidney Patients by 30%

A retrospective study conducted by University of Barcelona researchers suggests that on-line hemodiafiltration (OL-HDF) cuts mortality risk for kidney patients by 30%, compared to conventional hemodialysis. With OL-HDF, more water and toxins are removed from the blood. Though two previous randomized trials had found no benefit with OL-HDF, the scientists noted that the earlier studies involved “shorter dialysis times and lower average blood flow rates”. The current study showed that OL-HDF was associated with lower risk of hospital admissions and lower risk of death from stroke, infections, and cardiovascular complications.

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New Dialysis Method Cuts Mortality Risk, MedPage Today, February 16, 2013

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