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07 August 2016 : Clinical Research  

Pulmonary Function in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease: Effects of Hemodialysis and Fluid Overload

Süreyya YılmazABEF, Yasar YildirimADE, Zülfükar YilmazACE, Ali Veysel KaraBE, Mahsuk TaylanCE, Melike DemirBF, Mehmet CoskunselAE, Ali Kemal KadirogluAE, Mehmet Emin YilmazAE

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.897480

Med Sci Monit 2016; 22:2779-2784


BACKGROUND: Respiratory system disorders are one of the most prevalent complications in end-stage renal disease patients on hemodialysis. However, the pathogenesis of impaired pulmonary functions has not been completely elucidated in these patients. We designed a study to investigate acute effects of hemodialysis treatment on spirometry parameters, focusing on the relationship between pulmonary function and fluid status in hemodialysis patients.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: We enrolled 54 hemodialysis patients in this study. Multifrequency bioimpedance analysis (BIA) was used to assess fluid status before and 30 min after the midweek of hemodialysis (HD). Overhydration (OH)/extracellular water (ECW)% ratio was used as an indicator of fluid status. Fluid overload was defined as OH/ECW ≥7%. Spirometry was performed before and after hemodialysis.

RESULTS: Forced vital capacity (FVC), FVC%, and forced expiratory volume in the first second (FEV1) levels were significantly increased after hemodialysis. FVC, FVC%, FEV1, FEV1%, mean forced expiratory flow between 25% and 75% of the FVC (FEF25–75), FEF25–75%, peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR), and PEFR% were significantly lower in patients with fluid overload than in those without. OH/ECW ratio was negatively correlated with FVC, FVC%, FEV1, FEV1%, FEF25–75, FEF25–75%, PEFR, and PEFR%. Stepwise multiple regression analysis revealed that male sex and increased ultrafiltration volume were independently associated with higher FVC, whereas increased age and OH/ECW ratio were independently associated with lower FVC.

CONCLUSIONS: Fluid overload is closely associated with restrictive and obstructive respiratory abnormalities in HD patients. In addition, hemodialysis has a beneficial effect on pulmonary function tests, which may be due to reduction of volume overload.

Keywords: Forced Expiratory Volume, Kidney Failure, Chronic - therapy, Lung - physiopathology, Peak Expiratory Flow Rate, Renal Dialysis, Renal Insufficiency, Chronic - therapy, Respiratory Function Tests, Vital Capacity - physiology

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