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Successful use & placement of AVF vascular accesses: US AVF placement trend of concern
People who receive chronic hemodialysis depend on a functional vascular access to allow use of this predominant form of treatment for end stage kidney failure. Vascular access practice varies greatly internationally, and researchers sought to further understand international differences by examining data from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS). Read more... 

Optimal IV iron dosing to manage anemia in hemodialysis patients
Almost all patients on hemodialysis experience anemia, a deficiency of red blood cells causing fatigue and weakness. Nephrologists treat anemia in hemodialysis patients with erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) and intravenous (IV) iron, but there is currently no consensus on the optimal IV iron dose without very high ferritin or TSAT levels and without excessive use of ESAs. Read more... 

Increased risk of bile duct complications for some living donor liver transplantation recipients
With a critical shortage of donated organs, living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) has become widely accepted in the US as a potential alternative to deceased organ transplant. However, LDLT is a technically challenging procedure that requires sophisticated training. To add to the knowledge in this area and help guide surgical decisions, researchers compared outcomes and complications after surgery for different LDLT approaches. Read more... 

2017 USRDS Annual Data Report Highlights
The United States Renal Data System report highlights current trends in kidney disease in the nation. According to the 2017 report, the overall burden of kidney disease remains high in U.S. with the rates of kidney failure requiring dialysis or kidney transplantation ranking among the highest in the world. Read more...