Serum Potassium Level Varies by Race in Recent Observational Study

Potassium is essential for maintaining normal neuromuscular functioning, preserving fluid volumes in cells, and regulating blood pH. Out of normal range potassium levels are associated with an increased risk of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality, and cardiac arrhythmias and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Recent studies have found that serum potassium levels are, on average, lower in African Americans compared with European ... Read More »

MMF Effective in Maintaining Remission from Proliferative Lupus Nephritis

In the 10 years following a diagnosis of systematic lupus erythematosus, 20% to 75% of patients experience kidney involvement. In the 1950s, 5-year survival for patients with lupus erythematosus was <50%; due to improved immunosuppression and other medical therapies, the 5-year survival rate is now >90%. Lupus nephritis is now considered a chronic illness, giving the efficacy and safety of ... Read More »

Cost-Effectiveness of Vascular Access Referral Policies Varies by Age

The gold standard of vascular access for hemodialysis has long been an arteriovenous fistula (AVF). Use of an AVF for hemodialysis access is associated with lower mortality and morbidity as well as higher quality of life compared with access via an arteriovenous graft (AVG) or central venous catheter (CVC). Of late, there has been debate over the issue of whether ... Read More »

Determining the Burden of Acute Kidney Injury Using Large Databases

In a recent review, Simon Sawhney, MBChB, University of Aberdeen United Kingdom, and Simon D. Fraser, DM, University of Southampton, United Kingdom, presented a review of recent large database studies focusing on the epidemiology of acute kidney injury (AKI); the researchers also addressed the advantages and drawbacks of using routine health data in observational research. The review focused on three ... Read More »

Risks for Adverse Events in a Population of Patients with Advanced CKD

Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at high risk for adverse outcomes that can include end-stage renal disease, cardiovascular events, and death. Patients with lower estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and/or higher albuminuria are generally at higher risk. However, according to Morgan E. Grams, MD, PhD, and colleagues, the absolute risks for ESRD, cardiovascular disease, and death in patients ... Read More »

Risk of Hypoglycemia in Older Adults Stratified by eGFR

Patients with lower estimated glomerular filtration rates (eGFRs) are at higher risk for hypoglycemia, increasing the risk for cardiac and neurologic dysfunction and impaired quality of life. Higher concentration of urinary albumin has been identified as an independent risk factor for the development of hypoglycemia; older age and use of antihyperglycemic medications may also be risk factors. There are few ... Read More »

Oral Administration of Antibiotics in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients with Peritonitis Safe and Effective

Globally, particularly in developing countries, the use of peritoneal dialysis is growing rapidly. In the past 12 years, the number of peritoneal dialysis patients in developing countries has increased 2.5-fold. A major barrier to peritoneal dialysis use is peritonitis related to the modality; peritonitis adversely affects technique and patient survival, and increases the financial burden on patients and healthcare systems. ... Read More »

The Case for a Paradigm Shift in the Management of Hyperkalemia for CKD Patients

Guest Contributor Jessica Coleman, MD As a practicing nephrologist, I often see chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients with hyperkalemia—defined as a serum potassium level >5.0 mEq/L. That is not surprising given that the prevalence of hyperkalemia among patients with CKD is considerably higher than in the general population—40% to 50% versus 2% to 3%.1 These patients tend to be elderly, ... Read More »

November 2017: Abstract Roundup

Chronic Kidney Disease Direct-Acting Antiviral HCV  Treatment Safe and Effective in CKD Patients Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. doi:10.2215/CJN.02510317 Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) commonly present with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, a complication that can lead to accelerated progression to end-stage renal disease. Sofosbuvir, a direct-acting antiviral agent, is known to be effective and safe ... Read More »

November 2017: News Briefs

Cricket Names Danny Shapiro CBO Danny Shapiro has been named chief business officer of Cricket Health, a developer of technology-enabled care solutions for patients with chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease. Mr. Shapiro was most recently chief operating officer of Home Care Assistance and prior to that held the position of vice president at DaVita Kidney Care. In a ... Read More »