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Nutritional Treatment of Chronic Renal Failure

  • Sergio Giovannetti

Part of the Topics in Renal Medicine book series (TIRM, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. S. Giovannetti
    Pages 1-4
  3. S. Giovannetti, N. Gretz
    Pages 5-12
  4. S. Klahr, K. Harris
    Pages 13-20
  5. S. Klahr, K. Harris
    Pages 21-27
  6. G. Barsotti
    Pages 33-40
  7. A. Tizianello, G. De Ferrari
    Pages 41-49
  8. P.-O. Attman, A. Gustafson
    Pages 51-59
  9. E. Ferrannini, R. A. Defronzo
    Pages 61-72
  10. P. Cappelli, B. Di Paolo, A. Albertazzi
    Pages 95-99
  11. G. M. Berlyne, A. J. Adler, R. Barth
    Pages 127-131
  12. G. F. Guarnieri, G. Toigo, R. Situlin, G. Tamaro, V. Giuliani
    Pages 133-145
  13. N. Gretz, E. Meisinger, J. Lasserre, M. Strauch
    Pages 147-161
  14. S. Giovannetti
    Pages 179-190
  15. M. Strauch, N. Gretz
    Pages 191-197
  16. S. Giovannetti
    Pages 205-210
  17. N. Gretz, S. Giovannetti, G. Barsotti, R. Schmicker, J. Rosman
    Pages 211-229
  18. P. Cappelli, B. Di Paolo, A. Albertazzi
    Pages 255-257
  19. N. Gretz, K. Kraft, G. Barsotti, S. Giovannetti, M. Strauch
    Pages 259-266
  20. M. G. Gentile, R. Schmicker, S. Giovannetti
    Pages 279-286
  21. F. Locatelli, E. Morelli, S. Di Filippo, R. Baldi, A. Mantovanelli, G. Pontoriero
    Pages 287-297
  22. O. Mehls, A.-M. Wingen, G. Gilli, C. Fabian
    Pages 299-322
  23. N. Gretz, M. Jung, P. Scigalla, M. Strauch
    Pages 339-345
  24. Back Matter
    Pages 371-383

About this book

Introduction

Enormous progress has been made in the treatment of chronic renal failure over the last decades. Until the 1950s, chronic renal failure was considered to be an inexorably lethal condition. This is no longer the case. In addition, the disease, severe uremic syndrome, is now extremely rare, if existent at all, in industrialized countries. Physicians of my generation who saw patients hospitalized with hemor­ raghes, pericarditis, severe anemia, cardiac failure, "malignant hypertension," pruritus, vomiting, generalized edema, and convulsions are particularly grate­ ful for this progress. I well remember seeing such patients hospitalized in the last days or weeks of their lives and also remember the sense of impotence I suffered for the com­ plete lack of efficient measures I had at my disposal to manage their condition. Nowadays, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and kidney transplantation allow patients with chronic renal failure to survive for very long periods of time in a satisfactory condition. Why then is there still a sense of dissatisfaction and why should we study dietary management? The drawbacks of dialysis and transplantation are the main reasons, but the certainty that dietary therapy is complementary to dialysis and even better than dialysis in certain conditions, is also very important.

Keywords

assessment blood diagnosis dialysis hemodialysis hospital hypertension impotence kidney management metabolism minerals renal failure therapy transplantation

Editors and affiliations

  • Sergio Giovannetti
    • 1
  1. 1.Clinica Medica I°University of PisaPisaItaly

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