Hemodynamic and Laboratory Changes during Incremental Transition from Twice to Thrice-Weekly Hemodialysis.
OBJECTIVE: Incremental hemodialysis (HD) is a strategy utilized to gradually intensify dialysis among patients with incident end-stage renal disease. However, there are scarce data about which patients' clinic status changes by increasing treatment frequency. METHODS: We retrospectively examined statistically de-identified data from 569 patients who successfully transitioned from twice- to thrice-weekly HD (2007-2011) and compared the differences in monthly-averaged values of hemodynamic and laboratory indices during the 3 months before and after the transition with the values at 1 month prior to transition serving as the reference. RESULTS: At 3 months after transitioning from twice- to thrice-weekly HD, ultrafiltration volume decreased by 0.5 (95% CI 0.3-0.6) L/session among 189 patients (33%) with weekly interdialytic weight gain (IDWG) >/=5.4 kg/week, and increased by 0.4 (95% CI 0.3-0.5) L/session among 186 patients (33%) with weekly IDWG /=160 mm Hg, which coincided with a decreasing trend in post-HD body weight (1.3 [95% CI 0.8-1.7] kg). DISCUSSION: In conclusion, patients who increased HD frequency from twice to thrice weekly treatment experienced increased weekly IDWG and better pre-HD SBP control with lower post-HD body weight.