Ultrasound of Lung Congestion Could Signal ESRD Outcomes

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Pulmonary congestion, even in patients without symptoms of heart failure, could be an important predictor of mortality and cardiovascular risks in hemodialysis patients, a new study shows.

In the multicenter study reported in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, researchers who used ultrasound (US) to categorize patients’ levels of extravascular lung water found that patients with very severe congestion had a four times greater risk of death and a three times greater of cardiac events than patients with mild or no congestion.

“This article is very significant because it points out the relationship between volume overload