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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 842-846
Laboratory Variables and Treatment Adequacy in Hemodialysis Patients in Iran

Nephrology Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Behzad Einollahi
Nephrology Research Center, Dialysis Department, Baqiyatallah Hospital, Mullasadra St., P.O. Box 14155-6437, 1435915371, Tehran
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PMID: 18711312

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This study aims to evaluate the laboratory variables in Iranian hemodialysis pa­tients. We studied 338 patients in 6 dialysis centers around the country. Sixty four percent of the patients were anemic, and the mean of hemoglobin levels in the patients was 9.6 ± 1.9 g/dL. Women had a significantly higher prevalence of anemia (p= 0.004); however, considering the absolute hemoglobin values, there was no significant difference between genders (p> 0.05). The mean urea reduction ratio (URR) and Kt/V in the patients were 62.6 ± 12.8 and 1.17 ± 0.31, respectively. Hyperphosphatemia and hyperkalemia were observed in 50% and 58%, respectively. We conclude that our study demonstrated a relatively high prevalence of anemia and hyper­phosphatemia, however, a surprisingly good dialysis urea clearance in the Iranian hemodialysis patients. We should exploit more effort to maintain hemoglobin and serum phosphate levels with­in the target ranges.

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