Changes in left ventricular anatomy during haemodialysis, continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis and after renal transplantation

Proc Eur Dial Transplant Assoc Eur Ren Assoc. 1985;21:185-9.


The changes in left ventricular anatomy in 30 patients with end-stage renal disease and stable cardiac function, undergoing regular haemodialysis (10 patients), continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (10 patients) and after successful renal transplantation (10 patients) were evaluated by M-mode echocardiography. Initially all had evidence of left ventricular hypertrophy and dilatation. Reevaluation after a mean follow-up of 22 months on each mode of treatment showed that in the haemodialysis group the left ventricular mass and volume were increased, while in continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) and, especially renal transplantation, the hypertrophy and dilatation were reversed. This improvement was probably due to a reduction of cardiac workload.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cardiomegaly / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / pathology*
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / therapy
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Middle Aged
  • Peritoneal Dialysis, Continuous Ambulatory
  • Renal Dialysis