ABSTRACT: A nutritional assessment was carried out in 63 patients starting treatment from April 1990 up to December 1993. Anthropometric measurements were performed showing a prevalence of protein-calorie malnutrition (PCM) of 21% in a total of 142 clinical surveys carried out in the above-mentioned sample. A steady state of albumin levels in plasma was verified during a three-year follow-up period at a lower level than that of the control group. The patients' lymphocytic profile throughout the study was characterized by lymphopenia and decreased B and T8 lymphocytes. During the first two years of continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD), a high percentage of patients met the "adequacy" dialysis criteria as residual renal function plays an important role as regards treatment.
Peritoneal dialysis international: journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis 02/1996; 16 Suppl 1:S195-202. · 2.10 Impact Factor