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Two-Day Dialysis Interval Could Pose Danger: Study
Date:9/22/2011

to be seriously considered," he said.

Foley also emphasized that studies like this that draw conclusions from associations "are shaky foundations" upon which to build new treatment guidelines. He said the next step should be a trial in which patients are randomly assigned to different dialysis schedules and their outcomes compared.

Zand said concerned patients might want to explore other dialysis options with their physicians, including daily home peritoneal dialysis or night-time outpatient hemodialysis, which could add additional blood-cleansing hours. He said they can also discuss taking extra steps to reduce the risk of complications on the two-day stretches between dialysis stints by minimizing fluid intake, salty foods and high-potassium foods, such as avocados and bananas.

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Find out more about kidney dialysis at the U.S. National Kidney Foundation.

SOURCES: Robert Foley, M.B., deputy director, U.S. Renal Data System Coordinating Center, Minneapolis; Martin Zand, M.D., Ph.D., professor, medicine, division of nephrology, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, N.Y.; Sept. 22, 2011, New England Journal of Medicine


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