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Hemodialysis, specifically continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT), for the treatment of acute kidney injury has been added to Auburn’s hospital specialty services.
Continuous renal replacement therapy is a hemodialysis modality used to treat cases of acute kidney injury in which kidney function is expected to return (e.g. acute bacterial pyelonephritis, leptospirosis, some toxicities). The indication to start CRRT in such cases is anuria or oliguria that is unresponsive to medical therapy. Compared to intermittent dialysis, CRRT is more gradual and provides better control of electrolytes and acid-base status until kidney function returns.
Cases that are referred will be evaluated as potential candidates based on history, blood work, imaging, and potentially, renal histopathology. Patients can expect to be on the CRRT machine for approximately 48-72 hours depending on underlying disease with hospitalization time ranging from 5-7 days. Hemodialysis can be performed on both dogs and cats weighing at least 2.5 kg.
The dialysis service is staffed by Lenore Bacek, DVM, MS, DACVECC; Lee Palmer, DVM; Ashley Durrance, DVM; Kendon Kuo, DVM; Jessica Dearmon, DVM; and other members of the critical care team.
Clinical dialysis cases will be seen on an as-needed basis based on Dr. Bacek’s clinical assessment of the case. For questions, please contact Dr. Bacek at (334) 844-4690.