F H Bender

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, United States

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Publications (5)21.88 Total impact

  • R J Schmidt, F H Bender, W W Chang, L Teba
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    ABSTRACT: This is the case of a 41-year-old renal transplant recipient taking tacrolimus immunosuppressive therapy, who had a large pleural effusion, found on a chest radiograph during the work-up of digital clubbing. The patient had undergone a renal transplant 17 months earlier for end-stage renal disease secondary to immunoglobulin A nephropathy. Analysis of the effusion fluid demonstrated a lymphocytic exudate. Biopsy specimens of pleural and lung tissues showed noncaseating granulomas. Fluid and tissue cultures were negative for viral, fungal, and bacterial pathogens. Diagnosis of sarcoidosis was established by identification of noncaseating granulomas in pleural and lung tissue, the exclusion of other conditions, and rapid resolution of the effusion after the institution of corticosteroid therapy. The patient has remained free of pulmonary symptoms and had normal chest radiographs during the 20-month follow-up period.
    Transplantation 12/1999; 68(9):1420-3. · 3.78 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Both hyponatremia and its rapid correction can cause neurological disorders. Slowly correcting hyponatremia (especially when asymptomatic) at a rate of 0.5 mEq/L/h is recommended; however, little information exists about treatment of hyponatremia in patients requiring dialysis. We report a case of successfully treated hyponatremia using continuous venovenous hemodialysis with a specially prepared dialysate containing a lower than usual sodium concentration.
    American Journal of Kidney Diseases 12/1998; 32(5):829-31. · 5.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Most women on dialysis are amenorrheic and do not ovulate, but little information about menstrual patterns in women on dialysis exists, especially since the introduction and use of recombinant human erythropoietin, a therapy that may improve sexual interest and function. In this study, women who were < or = 55 years of age at the start of dialysis (n = 76) completed questionnaires and form the study group. Women older than 55 years at the start of dialysis did not complete the entire questionnaire (n = 115), but their medication records were reviewed for estrogen replacement therapy. The questionnaire asked about pregnancies, menstrual periods (regularity, frequency, duration, character of flow, menopause), and menopause before beginning dialysis and currently. Women also responded to questions about sexual activity, use of birth control, contraception counseling by physicians, yearly Papanicolaou smears, and mammograms. Demographic data (age, race, age at the time dialysis started, mode of dialysis, use of recombinant human erythropoietin, and history of renal transplant) were also obtained through the questionnaires. Fifty-nine percent of the 76 women who completed the study were white and had been on dialysis a median of 3 years (range, 0.1 to 18 years). The median age was 43 years, 68% were on hemodialysis, 90% were receiving recombinant human erythropoietin, and 70% had been pregnant (a total of 179 pregnancies; four pregnancies in four women occurred after the start of dialysis). Significantly more women were menstruating before dialysis started than currently (63% v 42%; P < 0.025), but the difference could be explained by patient age: currently menstruating women were younger (37 +/- 9 v 46 +/- 11 years; P = 0.0002). More women reported menstrual regularity before beginning dialysis (75% v 42% currently; P < 0.005), but there were no differences in number of days between or number of days of menstruation before beginning dialysis and currently. Menstrual flow was reported as heavier currently by more women (64% heavy flow with clots v 38% before dialysis started; P < 0.05). The median age at menopause was 47 years; 28% of the women were postmenopausal. Fifty percent of the women were sexually active, but only 36% used birth control. Discussions between the women and their nephrologist about possible pregnancy and contraception were reported by only 13% of women. Sixty-three percent of the women reported having yearly Papanicolaou smears and 73% had had a mammogram. Only 5% of the 113 women who were older than 55 years when they began dialysis were receiving estrogen replacement therapy. Amenorrhea was reported in this study by a smaller proportion of women than in studies conducted before the introduction of recombinant human erythropoietin. The possibility that erythropoietin may restore normal hormonal cyclic function in women with end-stage renal disease requires further study. Nephrologists as well as primary care physicians and gynecologists need to focus more on the gynecologic concerns of women on dialysis, including the potential for pregnancy. The effects of estrogen replacement on atherosclerosis and osteoporosis, and consideration of such therapy in women on dialysis warrants attention.
    American Journal of Kidney Diseases 05/1997; 29(5):685-90. · 5.29 Impact Factor
  • F H Bender, J L Holley
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    ABSTRACT: The medical care of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients includes not only dialysis-related medical care but preventive and general medical care as well as the care of minor acute illnesses. There is little information about nephrologists' interpretation of their potential role as a primary health care provider for the general medical needs of chronic dialysis patients. To characterize nephrologists' primary care practice patterns related to the care of chronic dialysis patients, we surveyed a randomly selected group of practicing nephrologists and asked questions about preventive medicine guidelines followed, treatment of minor acute illnesses, and management of chronic medical problems in ESRD patients. The results of 233 questionnaires (46% response rate) were analyzed. Most of the responding nephrologists were men (91%), were board certified in internal medicine (96%) and nephrology (83%), were out of nephrology practice for a mean of 16 years, had a mean age of 48 +/- 7 years, and were in private practice (65%). The average percentage of time spent with chronic dialysis patients was reported as 30%; 38% of that time was devoted to the general medical care of those patients. Ninety percent of nephrologists reported that they provided primary care to their dialysis patients, and only 21% said a nurse practitioner or physician assistant worked with them. Age and number of years in practice were the only demographic factors increasing the likelihood of nephrologist-provided primary care, with older, more experienced practitioners more likely to be providing primary care to dialysis patients. Most nephrologists reported that they managed minor acute illnesses and comorbid conditions (diabetes mellitus, cardiac disease, and gastrointestinal disease) in their dialysis patients. Nephrology fellowship training programs and recertification programs may need to address issues of primary general health care of ESRD patients. Plans under development for health care programs and reimbursement criteria also need to recognize and consider the primary medical care role practiced by nephrologists caring for ESRD patients.
    American Journal of Kidney Diseases 08/1996; 28(1):67-71. · 5.29 Impact Factor
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    Peritoneal dialysis international: journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis 01/1996; 16(6):650. · 2.21 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

103 Citations
21.88 Total Impact Points


  • 1998
    • West Virginia University
      • Department of Medicine
      Morgantown, WV, United States
  • 1997
    • University Center Rochester
      Rochester, Minnesota, United States
  • 1996
    • University of Pittsburgh
      • Division of Renal-Electrolyte
      Pittsburgh, PA, United States