Thirty-five years of hemodialysis: two case reports as a tribute to Nils Alwall.

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Abstract

Two patients with long-term (35 years) survival on hemodialysis are described. Kidney replacement therapy for these patients was initiated by a pioneer in hemodialysis, Nils Alwall, in 1968 and 1971, respectively. Kidney transplantation was attempted twice in both patients; however, the dialysis-free interval was less than 18 months in both patients. These patients represent two of the longest known survivors on hemodialysis worldwide. Factors that may have influenced their survival are discussed, and the complications that have occurred over the years are presented.

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  • Urology and Nephrology

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  • Renal Dialysis: history, Kidney Failure: therapy, Kidney Failure: etiology, Humans, 20th Century, Female, Aged, Nephritis, Middle Aged, Kidney Transplantation, Hereditary: complications, Pyelonephritis: therapy, History, Sweden, Renal Dialysis: methods
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-476
JournalAmerican Journal of Kidney Diseases
Volume49
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes