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White blood count in patients on regular haemodialysis

Br Med J 1969; 4 doi: (Published 11 October 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;4:67
  1. M. Papadimitriou,
  2. L. R. I. Baker,
  3. B. Seitanidis,
  4. L. H. Sevitt,
  5. A. E. Kulatilake


    Total white cell, neutrophil, and lymphocyte counts were compared in patients with chronic renal failure treated successively by conservative means (low-protein diet), regular haemodialysis, and renal allotransplantation. The lowest total white cell and neutrophil counts and the highest lymphocyte counts were found in patients on regular haemodialysis. A rapid fall in neutrophil count during the first half-hour of dialysis and a more gradual fall between the first and sixth hours were observed. Adherence of neutrophils and mononuclear cells to the cuprophane (PT 150) dialysis membrane has been shown.