What is the timing and intensity of dialysis in the treatment of acute kidney injury (AKI)?

Updated: Dec 24, 2020
  • Author: Biruh T Workeneh, MD, PhD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Great controversy exists regarding the timing of dialysis. Older studies suggested decreased mortality with early, versus late, initiation of dialysis, but timing of dialysis initiation has not been assessed in large, randomized, controlled trials. [56] Approaches vary widely at present.

The Acute Renal Failure Trial Network (ATN) Study found that increasing the intensity of dialysis (either intermittent or continuous) did not improve clinical outcomes (morbidity/mortality). [57] The best evidence suggests that patients with dialysis-dependent AKI should receive at least 3 hemodialysis treatments per week with a delivered Kt/V value of 1.2, or continuous hemodialysis (continuous venovenous hemodialysis or hemofiltration) of 20 mg/kg/h (prescribed).

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