What is the most effective treatment for dialysis-associated pericarditis?

Updated: Apr 02, 2019
  • Author: Sean Spangler, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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In an observational study that employed data from 88 maintenance hemodialysis patients, investigators found that intensive dialysis is the most effective treatment for dialysis-associated pericarditis in patients on dialysis who have diabetes and those who do not. [17]  Following the intensification of hemodialysis, pericarditis improved in 85.1% of patients with diabetes and in 82.9% of those without diabetes. Among patients with diabetes, 85.1% survived without recurrence of pericarditis, 4.3% survived but did suffer recurrence, and 10.6% died, with similar outcomes recorded in the group without diabetes (87.8%, 4.9%, and 7.3%, respectively). [17]


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