Hemodiafiltration Prolongs Dialysis Patients' Lives

A technique that removes additional toxins during dialysis may prolong kidney failure patients' lives, according to a clinical trial appearing in an upcoming issue of theJournal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN). In light of these results, the technique may become standard for dialysis patients. 

Retrospective studies suggest that on-line hemodiafiltration (OL-HDF) - which is different from standard dialysis in that it uses so-called high convective transport to remove additional substances over a wide range of sizes - may reduce kidney failure patients' risk of dying prematurely compared with standard hemodialysis. However, results from prospective studies have contradicted this finding. 

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