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January 24, 2009

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roman

It looks very reasonable to provide dialysis every other day. Dialysis weekends are really badly tolerated by some patients, mainly those with no residual renal function.

Zach

Sorry, but back to the issue of dialysate flow rates (Qd)-- I do think Qd matters, even perhaps in nocturnal (extended) hemodialysis.

So does the type of filter. Some dialyzers do not remove the "middle" molecule solutes at all. Some remove a little bit and some remove quite a lot. These dialyzers are commonly referred to as standard flux, high flux and super flux.

These two factors (Qd and dialyzer) need to be included in the discussion.

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