PMID: 5903168Feb 12, 1966

Chronic hemodialysis for terminal renal failure

Canadian Medical Association Journal
A G ShimizuB J Innes


Ten terminal uremic patients seen over the period of one and one-half years have been kept alive by repeated hemodialysis using a modification of the Seattle system, carried out for the most part by nurses and technicians. All the patients had creatinine clearance values below 5 ml./min., and blood urea nitrogen values which ranged between 156 and 453 mg. % before beginning the first dialysis.Selection was based on their ability to co-operate with and to tolerate the regimen. Nine patients were fully rehabilitated.The major complications were those related to shunt-site infections, including septicemia, bacterial endocarditis, septic arthritis, septic pulmonary embolism and mycotic aneurysm.Nevertheless, all patients except one were rehabilitated and resumed their full-time occupations and have continued to lead happy and useful lives.

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