D. G. OREOPOULOS, M.D.; S. KARANICOLAS, M.D.; S. IZATT, R.N.; G. A. DEVEBER, M.D.
To the editor: According to the recent paper of Dr. Cattran and colleagues (1), peritoneal dialysis leads to more severe and sustained hypertriglyceridemia than hemodialysis. Since higher values of triglycerides may further accelerate cardiovascular disease (2), they are justifiably concerned about the "increasing number of children and adults maintained on chronic peritoneal dialysis."
We were unable, however, to confirm their findings. We have recently examined the fasting serum triglyceride levels in a group of 21 patients on chronic peritoneal dialysis for 6 to 65 months (average, 25.6 months) and 15 patients on chronic hemodialysis for 1 to 73 months (average,
OREOPOULOS DG, KARANICOLAS S, IZATT S, DEVEBER GA. Dialysis and Triglycerides. Ann Intern Med. ;85:679–680. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-85-5-679_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;85(5):679-680.
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