The first year on haemodialysis: a critical transition

Natascha J.H. Broers, Anne C.M. Cuijpers, F.M. van der Sande, Karel M.L. Leunissen, Jeroen P. Kooman*

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The first year following the start of haemodialysis (HD) is associated with increased mortality, especially during the first 90-120 days after the start of dialysis. Whereas the start of dialysis has important effects on the internal environment of the patient, there are relatively few studies assessing changes in phenotype and underlying mechanisms during the transition period following pre-dialysis to dialysis care, although more insight into these parameters is of importance in unravelling the causes of this increased early mortality. In this review, changes in cardiovascular, nutritional and inflammatory parameters during the first year of HD, as well as changes in physical and functional performance are discussed. Treatment-related factors that might contribute to these changes include vascular access and pre-dialysis care, dialysate prescription and the insufficient correction of the internal environment by current dialysis techniques. Patient-related factors include the ongoing loss of residual renal function and the progression of comorbid disease. Identifying phenotypic changes and targeting risk patterns might improve outcome during the transition period. Given the scarcity of data on this subject, more research is needed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-277
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Kidney Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015


  • arterial stiffness
  • fluid overload
  • haemodialysis
  • pre-dialysis
  • vascular calcification

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