Applications and outcome of hemodialysis in cats: a review of 29 cases.

C. E. Langston, Larry D Cowgill, J. A. Spano

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Hemodialysis (HD) has been used in the management of renal failure in dogs, but its feasibility has not been reported for uremic cats. Therefore, we investigated the technical possibility, efficacy, and complications of intermittent HD in cats with severe uremia. A total of 160 HD treatments were performed on 29 cats with acute renal failure (ARF) (n = 15), chronic renal failure (CRF) (n = 6), or acute on CRF (n = 8) between November 1993 and June 1996. Hemodialysis treatments were performed with transcutaneous dialysis catheters using a bicarbonate-based delivery system, sodium modeling, and volumetric-controlled ultrafiltration. Presenting serum chemistries (mean +/- SD) for all cats were creatinine, 16.4 +/- 7.5 mg/dL; blood urea nitrogen (BUN), 229 +/- 87 mg/dL; phosphate, 15.4 +/- 5.4 mg/dL; potassium, 6.0 +/- 1.6 mEq/L; and HCO3-, 16.0 +/- 4.4 mEq/L. For intensive HD treatments, pre-HD versus post-HD creatinine changed from 10.3 +/- 4.4 to 1.6 +/- 0.9 mg/dL and BUN from 105 +/- 33 to 8 +/- 10 mg/dL. One or more adverse events occurred during 111 (69%) treatments. Dialysis-related events included hypotension, dialysis dysequilibrium, clotting, and bleeding. Nine of 15 (60%) cats with ARF and 1 cat with CRF recovered sufficiently to survive without ongoing need for HD. For the remaining cats, the proximate causes of death were dialysis related in 9 cats, uremia related in 6 cats, and iatrogenic or unknown in 4 cats. Hemodialysis is technically feasible and effectively controls the biochemical disturbances of uremic cats. It is especially valuable for the management of severe ARF, permitting recovery in a large number of cats refractory to conventional therapy. Technical complications and chronic debility, however, may limit its usefulness for cats with advanced CRF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)348-355
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of veterinary internal medicine / American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1997

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