Nutritional assessment of elderly patients on dialysis: Pitfalls and potentials for practice

Juliana Rodrigues, Lilian Cuppari, Katrina L. Campbell, Carla Maria Avesani*

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The chronic kidney disease (CKD) population is aging. Currently a high percentage of patients treated on dialysis are older than 65 years. As patients get older, several conditions contribute to the development of malnutrition, namely protein energy wasting (PEW), which may be compounded by nutritional disturbances associated with CKD and from the dialysis procedure. Therefore, elderly patients on dialysis are vulnerable to the development of PEW and awareness of the identification and subsequent management of nutritional status is of importance. In clinical practice, the nutritional assessment of patients on dialysis usually includes methods to assess PEW, such as the subjective global assessment, themalnutrition inflammation score, and anthropometric and laboratory parameters. Studies investigatingmeasures of nutritional status specifically tailored to the elderly on dialysis are scarce. Therefore, the same methods and cutoffs used for the general adult population on dialysis are applied to the elderly. Considering this scenario, the aim of this review is to discuss specific considerations for nutritional assessment of elderly patients on dialysis addressing specific shortcomings on the interpretation of markers, in addition to providing clinical practice guidance to assess the nutritional status of elderly patients on dialysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1780-1789
Number of pages10
JournalNephrology Dialysis Transplantation
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017


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