Blood pressure, volume, and sodium control in an automated peritoneal dialysis population

Neil Boudville, P. Cordy, K. Millman, L. Fairbairn, A. Sharma, R. Lindsay, P.G. Blake

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    Objectives: To examine the control of blood pressure and volume, and the role of sodium removal in a single, large, contemporary, automated peritoneal dialysis (APD) population where icodextrin is used liberally and there is a policy to avoid tong duration glucose-based daytime dwells.Design: Observational cross-sectional study.Setting. A university hospital.Patients: 56 APD patients, with a mean duration on peritoneal dialysis of 1.9 years; 50% were prescribed icodextrin.Main Outcome Measures: Blood pressure, extracellular water volume (ECW)-to-intracelluar water volume (ICW) ratio, and total (peritoneal. and urinary) sodium removal.Results: Sodium Removal: Mean total sodium removal, while low at 102.9 +/- 64.6 mmol/day, showed a wide range, with 41% having a sodium removal of >120 mmol./day. Total sodium removal correlated with total body water, ECW, and ICW (p < 0.001, p < 0.001, p < 0.025, respectively), as well as with height and weight (p < 0.06, p < 0.01 respectively). On multivariate analysis, only ultrafiltration volume and urine volume were significantly associated with total sodium removal (r(2) = 0.67, p < 0.0001 for both). There was also a correlation between sodium removal and urea nitrogen appearance (r(2) = 0.31, p < 0.001), with urea nitrogen appearance in turn being closely correlated with ICW (p < 0.001). Volume Status: The ECW/ICW ratio was 0.88 +/- 0.17, which was not significantly different to that found in hemodialysis patients without clinical evidence of fluid overload, either predialysis (0.96 +/- 0.16) or postdialysis (0.92 +/- 0.16); p = 0.07 and 0.36 respectively. Blood Pressure: Mean +/- standard deviation systolic blood pressure (BP) was 111.9 +/- 18.2 mmHg and diastolic BP was 63.3 +/- 11.9 mmHg, with only 4 (7%) patients having a systolic BP > 140 mmHg and 1 (2%) having a diastolic BP > 80 mmHg. Median number of anti hypertensives was 1 per day. Blood pressure control and ECW/ICW ratio were similar in those with sodium removal >120 mmol/day compared to those with sodium removal <= 5120 mmol/day (p = 0.39 for SBP, p = 0.70 for diastolic BP, p = 0.24 for ECW/ICW).Conclusions: We have shown that good blood pressure and volume control is achievable in a large contemporary APD population with liberal use of icodextrin and avoidance of tong daytime glucose-based dwells. Neither tow nor high sodium removal was associated with more frequent hypertension or volume expansion.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)537-543
    JournalPeritoneal Dialysis International
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


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