Clinical usefulness of bioimpedance analysis for assessing volume status in patients receiving maintenance dialysis

Korean J Intern Med. 2018 Jul;33(4):660-669. doi: 10.3904/kjim.2018.197. Epub 2018 Jun 28.


Chronic volume overload is associated with left ventricular hypertrophy and high cardiovascular mortality in patients undergoing dialysis. Therefore, estimating body fluid status is important in these patients. However, most dry-weight assessments are still performed clinically, while attempts have been made to measure the volume status and dry weight of patients undergoing dialysis using bioimpedance analysis (BIA). BIA uses the electrical properties of the human body to alternate current flow and measures resistance values to estimate body water content and composition. BIA is divided into single-frequency BIA, multi-frequency BIA, and bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS) according to the number of frequencies used, and into whole-body and segmental BIA according to whether or not the whole body is divided into segments. Extracellular water (ECW), intracellular water, and total body water (TBW) contents can be measured with BIA. Dry weight can be estimated by measuring the volume overload of the patient through the ECW/TBW and ECW-to-body weight ratios. Other estimation methods include the normovolemia/hypervolemia slope method, a resistance-reactance (RXc) graph, overhydration measurements using a body composition monitor, and calf BIS. In this review, we will examine the principles of BIA, introduce various volume status measurement methods, and identify the optimal method for patients undergoing dialysis.

Keywords: Body composition monitor; Dialysis; Dry weight; Bioimpedance analysis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Body Composition
  • Body Water*
  • Electric Impedance
  • Humans
  • Renal Dialysis*