Test Your Knowledge: Optimal Sodium Bath for Hemodialysis

Fluid overload in patients undergoing hemodialysis (HD) contributes to cardiovascular morbidity, and is a major cause of hospitalizations. Does the dialysate sodium bath assist in fluid removal in the HD patient? A review by Mendoza et al in AJKD attempts to summarize the current evidence for individualized dialysate sodium prescriptions based on patients’ volume status, co-morbid conditions, plasma sodium level, and hemodynamic response to dialysis therapy. The following questions based on the article will test your knowledge on this topic.

Post Prepared by Jyotsana Thakkar, MD, Nephrology fellow, Hofstra NSLIJ School of Medicine, and Kenar D Jhaveri, MD, AJKD Blog Editor. For a PDF version of the questions & answers, please click here.

[Note: The original version of this post included “intradialytic” instead of “interdialytic” in Question 4, Option A. This change was made on November 16th, 2016.]

2 Comments on Test Your Knowledge: Optimal Sodium Bath for Hemodialysis

  1. G Colbert MD // November 15, 2016 at 4:01 pm // Reply

    Please change the Intradialytic weight gain to INTERdialytic weight gain. This is the terminology used in the study. INTRAdialytic weight gain infers that the patient GAINS weight during the dialysis treatment.

  2. Thank you for pointing that out! We’ve changed “intradialytic” to “interdialytic” on Question 4, Option A.

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