How does hemodialysis affect the prognosis for chronic kidney disease (CKD)?

Updated: Jul 21, 2021
  • Author: Pradeep Arora, MD; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Hemodialysis performed 6 times per week significantly increased the risk of vascular access complications compared with a conventional 3-day regimen in one study. [31, 32] Of 125 patients who received hemodialysis 6 days per week, 48 experienced the composite primary endpoint event of vascular repair, loss, or related hospitalization, compared with only 29 of the 120 patients undergoing conventional treatment. Results indicated that overall risk for a first access event was 76% higher with daily hemodialysis than with the conventional regimen. [31, 32]

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