Trace elements in patients on continuous renal replacement therapy

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Purpose: Intensive care patients with acute kidney injury (AKI), treated with continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) are at great risk for disturbances in plasma levels of trace elements due to the underlying illness, AKI, and dialysis. This study was performed to increase our knowledge regarding eight different trace elements during CRRT. Methods: Thirty one stable patients with AKI, treated with CRRT, were included in the study. Blood, plasma and effluent samples were taken at the start of the study and 36 ± 12 h later. A group of 48 healthy volunteers were included as controls and exposed to one fasting blood sample. Samples were analysed for trace elements (Cr, Cu, Mn, Co, Zn, Rb, Mo, Se) and standard blood chemistry. Results: Blood and plasma levels of selenium and rubidium were significantly reduced while the levels of chromium, cobalt, and molybdenum were significantly increased in the study group vs. healthy volunteers. There was an uptake of chromium, manganese, and zinc. Molybdenum mass balance was around zero. For selenium, copper, and rubidium there were a marked loss. Conclusions: The low levels of selenium and rubidium in blood and plasma from CRRT patients, together with the loss via CRRT effluent, raises the possibility of the need for selenium supplementation in this group of patients, despite the unchanged levels during the short study period. Further investigations on the effect of additional administration of trace elements to CRRT patients would be of interest.


  • M. Broman
  • A. Bryland
  • Ola Carlsson
  • T-Trace Acute Study Group
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Skåne University Hospital
  • Gambro AB

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Urologi och njurmedicin
Sidor (från-till)650-659
TidskriftActa Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
StatusPublished - 2017 jul 1
Peer review utfördJa