In this large trial of patients with end stage kidney disease, patients were randomized to initiation of dialysis at a GFR of 10-14 or GFR of 5-7. Mean time to dialysis initiation was 1.8 months versus 7.4 months, but there was no difference between the groups (after a median of 3.6 years) in death or adverse events (including complications of dialysis). Dialysis initiation can be delayed until the development of symptoms (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.