Reduction in protein-bound solutes unacceptable as marker of dialysis efficacy during alternate-night nocturnal hemodialysis

Bjorn Meijers, Nigel Toussaint, Timothy Meyer, Bert Bammens, Kristin Verbeke, Yves Vanrenterghem, Peter Kerr, Pieter Evenepoel

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The uremic retention solutes indoxyl sulfate and p-cresyl sulfate are linked to cardiovascular disease and overall survival. Dialytic clearances are limited, which is principally attributed to tight protein binding. Extending dialysis duration would be expected to substantially increase protein-bound uremic solute removal. The aim of the current study was to study protein-bound uremic retention solute clearances and kinetics during longer-hours nocturnal hemodialysis. METHODS: In a prospective cohort study of 32 maintenance alternate-night nocturnal hemodialysis patients, we followed serum concentrations, solute removals and solute clearances of p-cresyl sulfate and indoxyl sulfate. Spent dialysate sampling was fractionated to compare solute removals between the first 4 h and next 4 h of nocturnal dialysis. Single-compartment variable volume kinetics were calculated. RESULTS: Dialytic clearances of protein-bound uremic retention solutes are maintained during nocturnal (longer-hours) dialysis. Clearances of indoxyl sulfate exceed those of p-cresyl sulfate, presumably due to less tight protein-binding. Apparent distribution volumes increase substantially during nocturnal dialysis, indicative of multi-compartmental behavior of the protein-bound uremic retention solutes indoxyl sulfate and p-cresyl sulfate. CONCLUSIONS: During nocturnal hemodialysis, serum concentrations of protein-bound solute concentrations are reduced less than predicted. Reduction ratios are not a valid tool to estimate total solute removal of protein-bound uremic retention solutes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226 - 232
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Nephrology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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