Serum aluminum concentrations were measured in 7 normal persons, 47 chronic hemodialysis patients and in 10 patients with the dialysis dementia syndrome. The concentrations were (mean ± 1 SEM): 35 ± 3.7, 109.3 ± 10.6, and 369 ± 51.6 µg/l, respectively. These results are consistent with the theory that aluminum is involved in the pathogenesis of this syndrome. In contrast to most previous reports dialysate contaminated with aluminum could not be implicated in our patients.
Thurman D. McKinney, MD, Nephrology Divisions, Veterans Administration Medical Center, 1310 24th Avenue, South Nashville, TN 37203 (USA)
Accepted: April 13, 1982
Published online: December 03, 2008
Number of Print Pages : 4
Vol. 32, No. 1, Year 1982 (Cover Date: 1982)
Journal Editor: Fine L.G. (Los Angeles, Calif.)
ISSN: 0028–2766 (Print), eISSN: 1423–0186 (Online)
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