ABSTRACT: Patients on long-term hemodialysis are at risk of developing malnutrition,and poor nutrient intake is an important factor in this. In the present case, we encountered a 55-year-old Japanese woman with end-stage renal failure and a past history of schizophrenia. Severe systemic edema was observed. Hemodialysis was started, but after one year she suddenly became unable to consume food orally, despite provision of a dietary plan by the nutrition support team (NST). Tube feeding was eventually implemented. Because the systemic edema did not improve, we decided to remove body fluid by intense hemodialysis. Hypotension was often observed during this hemodialysis, requiring dopamine. Over approximately 2 months, the patient's dry weight fell from 73 kg to 62 kg, the patient's activity improved and she became able to eat orally again, allowing tube feeding to be stopped. Although the reason for the sudden anorexia has not been clarified, tube feeding and dry weight control was successful in the treatment of this malnourished hemodialysis patient.
Hiroshima journal of medical sciences 06/2011; 60(2):37-9.