Monday, October 31, 2011
In the News: Initial access type in dialysis patients and inflammation?
This study is unique in that baseline cytokine values were obtained before first access placement and prior to HD initiation, so some comparison could have been done. The prospective study design allowed for recording all intercurrent events, which were included in the adjusted analysis.
Interestingly, this is showing us that any "foreign" object in our body is going to raise the inflammatory markers. AVF doesn't really involve an foreign body and perhaps these results reflect that more than the procedure. The numbers are small and larger studies are needed to clearly clarify this point
The full study is at
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