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Health Psychol. 2003 Nov;22(6):570-8.

Acute neuropsychological changes in hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients.

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Unit of Health Psychology, Centre for Behavioural and Social Sciences in Medicine, University College London, London, United Kingdom.


This study examined the impact of different dialysis treatments on the neuropsychological (NP) functioning of 145 end-stage renal disease patients. Hemodialysis (HD) and peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients were administered an NP test battery and measures of mood on 2 consecutive days (pre- and 24 hr postdialysis). Biochemistry was assessed at each session. Results indicated significant improvements in NP functioning (attention, concentration, verbal and visual memory, and psychomotor speed) in HD patients 24 hr postdialysis. No such fluctuations were found in PD patients. Although biochemical changes were found in the HD patients at the same time points, these were not consistently related to the NP changes.

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