Four thousand hemofiltrations have been performed in 22 patients with low tolerance to conventional hemodialysis (20 cases), and severe arterial hypertension (2 cases). In comparison with hemodialysis, hemofiltration had a low incidence of intradialytic collapses, vomit and cramps, and allowed a better state of well-being during interdialytic periods. In hypertensive patients hemofiltration has accomplished a better control of arterial pressure and pharmacotherapy has been reduced. In this study, we report the data concerning metabolism, electrolytes, acid-base balance during our experience utilizing bicarbonate in the replacement fluid. Our experience further supports the impression that hemofiltration may have some advantages in patients with low tolerance to conventional dialysis and/or severe dislipemia and hypertension. The possibility to reduce dialysis duration to 3 hrs, stimulates further application of this new treatment in a wider number of patients on RDT.
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