Extracorporeal therapy in sepsis


Acute renal injury (AKI) occurs in 19% of patients with sepsis, 23% of those with severe sepsis and up to 50% of patients with septic shock. AKI represents an independent prognostic factor of mortality (about 45%); epidemiological studies have pointed out that the onset of AKI in sepsis (S-AKI) correlates with an unfavourable outcome, reaching a mortality of 75%.

Over the years, efforts have been made to prevent and treat “low flow” hemodynamic damage resulting from shock by increasing renal blood flow, improving cardiac output and perfusion pressure. New experimental studies in S-AKI have shown that renal blood flow is maintained, and indeed increases, in the course of septic shock. Recently, a “single theory” has been proposed that defines acute renal injury as the final result of the interaction between inflammation, oxidative stress, apoptosis, microcirculatory dysfunction and the adaptive response of tubular epithelial cells to the septic insult.

The type of treatment, the dose and the starting time of RRT are of strategic importance in the recovery of AKI in septic patients.

The use of new anticoagulation strategies in critically ill patients with S-AKI has allowed treatments to be carried out for enough time to reach the correct dose of purification prescribed, minimizing down-time and bleeding risk.

The availability of new technologies allows to customize treatments more and more; the collaboration between nephrologists and intensivists must always increase in order to implement modern precision medicine in critical care.

Keywords: S-AKI, septic shock, CRRT, citrate, CPFA, adsorption

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Bilirubin removal with Coupled Plasma Filtration and Adsorption in patients affected by hilar cholangiocarcinoma


Background: Patients affected by hilar cholangiocarcinoma are eligible for surgery only in the 20-30% of the cases and postoperative mortality is 40-50%. Many specialists are involved in the treatment of this disease, like surgeons, gastroenterologists, oncologists and radiotherapists. Recent studies have shown that preoperative bilirubinaemia is a predictor of morbidity and mortality after surgery.
Coupled Plasma Filtration and Adsorption (CPFA) is a blood purification extracorporeal therapy recommended for sepsis and able to reduce bilirubinaemia.
Methods: We treated 10 patients referred to our centre affected by hilar cholangiocarcinoma complicated by obstructive jaundice with 34 CPFA sessions to test its ability to reduce preoperative bilirubin levels and we checked for mortality at 90 days.
Results: CPFA reduced preoperative bilirubin of 30% for session; it also improved others inflammation and coagulation tests. Mortality at 90 days was 40%.
Conclusion: CPFA is an effective therapy for hyperbilirubinaemia. Lowering preoperative bilirubinaemia and improvement of coagulation tests subsidized the management of the patients but in our study did not affect postoperative mortality. Further studies to evaluate the indications for treatments that remove bilirubin in this setting are needed.

KEYWORDS: bilirubinaemia, cholangiocarcinoma, Coupled Plasma Filtration and Adsorption, CPFA

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