ALEXANDER C. CHESTER, M.D.; WILLIAM P. ARGY JR., M.D.; THOMAS A. RAKOWSKI, M.D.; GEORGE E. SCHREINER, M.D.
To the editor: Hutchinson and associates (1) make a substantial contribution to the type of analysis needed to understand the natural history of end-stage renal disease. Data such as these are needed to offer a prognosis to those initiating hemodialysis. We do feel, however, that our experience is at variance with some of the conclusions expressed in the paper.
The authors note an exponential relation between age and the risk of death. In persons age 70 the relative risk of death would be over 60-fold that of a 20-year-old person. Our review of 45 patients in whom hemodialysis was begun
CHESTER AC, ARGY WP, RAKOWSKI TA, SCHREINER GE. Survival with End-Stage Renal Disease. Ann Intern Med. ;97:141. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-1-141_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(1):141.
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