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Titolo Mechanisms determining the ratio of conductivity clearance to urea clearance
Autore Frank A. Gotch, Froilan M. Panlilio, Rosemary A. Buyaki, Erjun X. Wang, Thomas I. Folden, and Nathan W. Levin
Referenza Kidney International Volume 66 Issue s89 Page S3 - July 2004
Contenuto Background. Effective conductivity clearance (Kecn) has been reported to be a surrogate for effective urea clearance (Keu), where both are usually defined respectively as the dialyzer conductivity and urea clearances (Kcn, Ku) corrected for access recirculation (Rac). However, many investigators have reported Kecn/Keu to be <1 and postulated anatomic distribution of Na in plasma water, cardiopulmonary recirculation (Rcp), and high rates of urea clearance (Ku) as causes. The aims of these studies were to devise analytic models of these mechanisms and to clinically evaluate the modeled relationships. Methods. We modeled and measured: (1) Na osmotic distribution volume flow rate (QosmNa) in dialyzer blood flow; (2) the separate and combined effects of Rac and Rcp on Ku and Kcn; and (3) a novel mechanism reducing the conductivity diffusion gradient during measurement of Kcn by recirculation through the dialyzer (Rs) of a change in systemic blood conductivity (Cns) induced by the abrupt changes in dialysate inlet Na (CdiNa) required for the measurement of Kcn. Results. The ratio QosmNa/Qbi= 1.00 + .03, N= 19 (Qbi= total blood water flow rate). Modeling showed that the effects of Rac, Rcp, and Rs on Kcn can be quantified as Kecn= Kcn(1 -Cnbi/Cndi), where Cnbi is any change in conductivity in the dialyzer blood inlet stream during a measurement, and the effect of a combination of these mechanisms is the product of the effects of individual mechanisms. A single-step dialysate profile (with Rac= 0) resulted in measured CbiNa/CdiNa= 2.5/15, Kecn/Keu= 0.83, N= 21 because of Rs and Rcp, but with a two-step, high/low profile (Ph/L) we found these respective values to be 0.6/20 and 0.97, N= 19. The ratio Kecn/Keu3= 1.06 + .02, M + SE, N= 35 (Keu3= Ku corrected to reflect both access and cardiopulmonary recirculation). The ratio Kecn/Keu1 (Keu1 is Ku corrected to reflect access recirculation only) = 1.01 + .07, N= 297, with no bias on Bland Altman analysis. Conclusion. We conclude that (1) the osmotic Na distribution volume in blood is total blood water; (2) Kecn measured with a short, high/low, and asymmetric dialysate profile shows Rac effect but neither Rcp nor Rs effects on Kecn and Kecn/Keu= 1.0; (3) the Kecn/Keu ratio is strongly dependent on the type of dialysate profile used, which must be optimized to minimize net Na transfer to and from blood during measurement of conductivity clearance to avoid erroneous underestimation of Kecn and Kecn/Keu ratios <1.
Data 23.09.2004
 
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