Journal article

Controversies in paediatric continuous renal replacement therapy

Graeme MacLaren, Warwick Butt

INTENSIVE CARE MEDICINE | SPRINGER | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) is an invaluable means of supporting critically ill children with many illnesses, including acute renal failure, drug intoxication, inborn errors of metabolism, and multiorgan failure. However, the ideal method of applying the technique is unknown. DISCUSSION: The indications for initiation of CRRT, mode, dose, and means of anticoagulating the circuit to prolong filter life are all subjects of controversy. The formation of a prospective, multicentre paediatric CRRT registry has been a major step forward but large, randomised trials of the sort that exist in adult medicine are lacking. This review describes the basic technique of CRRT, h..

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