Ultrafiltration for the Treatment of Acute Heart Failure.
Heart Fail Clin. 2018 Oct;14(4):517-524
Authors: Emani S
Ultrafiltration (UF) mechanically removes excess fluid volume through an extracorporeal circuit and has been applied to clinical situations in which volume removal is the mainstay of therapy. Because of this ability, UF serves as an enticing method to treat acute heart failure (AHF) in which most symptoms are driven by congestion due to excess volume. Additional physiologic properties of UF and the biochemical composition of the extracted fluid confer additional theoretic benefits in the treatment of AHF. Herein the concepts underlying UF, clinical evidence evaluating its efficacy, and ongoing challenges understanding the role of UF are reviewed.
PMID: 30266360 [PubMed - in process]