Haemodialysis Impairs the Human Microcirculation Independent from Macrohemodynamic Parameters

Arend-Jan Meinders, Laurens Nieuwenhuis, Can Ince, Willem-Jan Bos, Paul W. G. Elbers

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Hemodynamic changes during haemodialysis are common. Often these changes are associated with symptoms that are thought to be the result of reduced microcirculatory blood flow and oxygen delivery. The microcirculatory effect of hemodialysis is scarcely researched, though of possible influence on patient outcome. New techniques have become available to visualise and analyse microvascular blood flow. We performed an observational study using Sidestream Dark Field imaging, a microscopic technique using polarised light to visualise erythrocytes passing through sublingual capillaries, to analyse the effect of haemodyalisis on central microvascular blood flow. We showed that there is a substantial impairment of microvascular blood flow and a discrepancy between micro- and macro-vascular parameters
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-44
JournalBlood Purification
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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