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Kidney Int. 2007 Jul;72(1):108-13. Epub 2007 Apr 11.

Microinflammation induces endothelial damage in hemodialysis patients: the role of convective transport.

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Unidad de Investigación, Servicio de Nefrología, Hospital Universitario Reina Sofía Avda Menendez Pidal S/N, Córdoba 14004, Spain.


Cardiovascular complications are a major cause of mortality in hemodialysis patients. On-line hemofiltration combines convective clearance for removing large solutes with diffusion to remove small solutes and is associated with a significant reduction of inflammation and improved patient survival. We compared on-line hemofiltration to high-flux hemodialysis (HF-HD) in patients in a sequential manner. At baseline, 15 stable patients on HF-HD as compared with five control subjects showed significant increases in CD14+CD16+ cells, endothelial microparticles, and endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs). After 4 months of on-line hemofiltration, the number of CD14+CD16+ cells, microparticles, and EPCs decreased. After returning to HF-HD for 4 months, all measured parameters returned to their respective baseline values. The number of CD14+CD16+ cells correlated with both endothelial microparticles and EPCs. We conclude that on-line hemofiltration attenuates endothelial dysfunction possibly by decreasing microinflammation. This effect may be directly caused by a modulatory effect of on-line hemofiltration on proinflammatory cells or by a complex interaction that encompasses a wider removal of uremic toxins.

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