PMID: 23525Jan 1, 1977

Haemoglobin oxygen dissociation curve in patients on regular haemodialysis

Proceedings of the European Dialysis and Transplant Association
P C RaidisD J Valtis


Changes in the haemoglobin-oxygen dissociation curve (Hb-O2) and the factors which influence its position were studied before and after dialysis in 7 patients on regular haemodialysis during 20 dialyses. Seven normal subjects were used as controls. Haemoglobin showed a lower than normal affinity for O2 in uraemic patients before haemodialysis (p50in vivo = 33.09 +/- 0.92 mmHg and p507.4 = 31.51 +/- 0.73 mmHg, P less than 0.001), and this could be considered as a protection against tissue anoxia. After dialysis Hb-O2 affinity at the patient's pH (p50 in vivo = 27.97 +/- 0.57 mmHg, P less than 0.001). This probably eliminates the benefits of the predialysis balance of tissue oxygenation, producing a degree of hypoxia, and may play a role in the genesis of post-dialysis symptoms. Measures should be taken to improve oxygenation of high risk patients with latent heart failure or respiratory disturbances during and after dialysis.

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