Continuous hemofiltration for anasarca: Recovery of renal function after 71 liters of net ultrafiltration

J. Prowle, Rinaldo Bellomo, J. Buckmaster, G. Gutteridge, G. Hart, H. Opdam, W. Silvester, S. Warrillow

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We report on a 64-year-old female presenting with anasarca secondary to volume loading in the setting of chronic liver disease, acute on chronic renal failure, circulatory failure and sepsis. Over 37 days, a net negative fluid balance of 71 L was achieved using continuous hemofiltration, with spontaneous recovery of urine output, vasopressor independence and resolution of coagulopathy. This case report underlines the pathophysiological role of tissue edema in the downward spiral of hepato-renal and cardio-renal dysfunction and illustrates that very large volumes of tissue fluid can be safely and effectively removed with continuous renal replacement therapy, thereby permitting recovery of organ function. To our knowledge, there have been no previous reports of such large volume net fluid removal by progressive ultrafiltration in the intensive care unit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-370
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Artificial Organs
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Acute kidney failure
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Edema
  • Hemofiltration
  • Hepatorenal syndrome
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Ultrafiltration

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