Research Article

Arteriovenous haemofiltration: a recent advance in the management of renal failure.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983; 287 doi: (Published 08 October 1983) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983;287:1008
  1. N J Dodd,
  2. R M O'Donovan,
  3. D N Bennett-Jones,
  4. P B Rylance,
  5. M Bewick,
  6. V Parsons,
  7. M J Weston


    Twenty five patients with oliguric renal failure were treated by a combination of continuous arteriovenous haemofiltration and intermittent haemodialysis over 18 months. Haemofiltration was given for a mean of 6.6 days and the mean filtration volume was 6.0 1/day. Fourteen of the 25 patients survived beyond two months after the period of oliguria. Haemofiltration proved to be a simple and effective method of fluid removal; it allowed maintenance of stable fluid balance and permitted optimum nutrition during prolonged oliguria.