Research Article

Haemofiltration for profound dialysis-induced hypotension: removal of sodium and water without blood-pressure change.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982; 285 doi: (Published 10 July 1982) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982;285:87
  1. A M Davison,
  2. T G Roberts,
  3. B H Mascie-Taylor,
  4. A M Lewins


    Two patients with profound dialysis-induced hypotension were seen, in both of whom sequential ultrafiltration and haemodialysis failed to alleviate their symptoms; in one bicarbonate dialysis similarly produced no improvement. The hypotension was frequently severe enough to necessitate premature termination of the dialysis. Haemofiltration was associated with almost total resolution of symptoms, adequate biochemical control of uraemia, and satisfactory removal of weight gain between dialysis sessions. Profound hypotension during dialysis may become more common as older patients enter dialysis programmes; haemofiltration is a valuable technique in such cases.