Editorial Issue 243

Learn more about mechanisms of hyperphosphatemic vascular dysfunction


In the 243rd issue of NDT-E you will find three CME lectures presented at the ERA-EDTA meeting in Paris May 2012. Dr. Andries Hoitsma, Nijmegen, Netherlands will present a lecture entitled “THE USE OF CINACALCET AFTER RENAL TRANSPLANTATION”. Importantly, he reports on no interaction with immunosuppressive drugs, no important hypercalcemia and no side effects. The 2nd lecture is entitled ”BONE METABOLISM IN RENAL TRANSPLANTED PATIENTS” and is presented by Dr. Pieter Evenepoel, Leuven, Belgium. The final CME lecture is presented by Dr. Wilfried Gwinner, Hanover, Germany and is entitled ”POST-TRANSPLANT HYPOPHOSPHATEMIA”


In the 243rd issue of NDT-E you will also find several novel interesting papers to read. In a paper recently published in Kidney International, Drs Dylan Burger and Adeera Levin will shed some light on mechanisms of hyperphosphatemic vascular dysfunction. You will also find a a review by William H Fissell et al. on wearable dialysis and implantable artificial kidney devices. In the 3rd and very interesting original investigation Allon N Friedman et al. show that long-chain n-3 fatty acids are strongly and independently associated with a lower risk of sudden cardiac death in hemodialysis patients. In a full review published in Nephrol Dial Transpl John J. Keaney will discuss how much contrast is safe to avoid acute kidney injury. In another NDT paper Karminder S. Gill et al. have studied red blood cell transfusion use in patients with chronic kidney disease. They find that red blood cell transfusions are relatively common and on the rise among younger CKD patients who are anemic and progress to ESRD. Finally, Dr. Alissa Lloyd et al. in a time-matched, case–control study have studied the risk of peritonitis after an exit site infection.


In this issue of NDT-E you can do the novel bone survey in two parts; one testing your knowledge about this adynamic bone disease and one practice pattern part. If you have questions or comments regarding nutrition in your renal patients do not hesitate to post them on the nutritional blog. Several interesting comments have already been posted and could be discussed.


Enjoy your NDT-E


Peter Stenvinkel, Editor-in-chief