, Volume 15, Issue 1-2, pp 11-13

Dialysis therapy for children with acute renal failure: survey results

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We surveyed 123 pediatric nephrologists to investigate the current dialytic management of acute renal failure (ARF) in children. Data collected from 92 responding physicians revealed that hemodialysis (HD), peritoneal dialysis (PD), and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) are currently used as the primary means of acute renal replacement therapy in a nearly equal percentage of centers. The preferential use of CRRT appears to be increasing, while PD usage is decreasing except for the youngest infants and those patients likely to develop end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Additional data correlating patient outcome to dialytic modality should be collected to compare the efficacy of the three techniques.

Received: 28 February 2000 / Revised: 3 May 2000 / Accepted: 3 May 2000