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Minerva Anestesiologica 2017 August;83(8):867-77

DOI: 10.23736/S0375-9393.17.11946-2


language: English

Blood purification with continuous veno-venous hemofiltration in patients with sepsis or ARDS: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Alessandro PUTZU 1 , Ming-Xing FANG 2, 3, Martina BOSCOLO BERTO 1, Alessandro BELLETTI 2, Luca CABRINI 2, Tiziano CASSINA 1, Giovanni LANDONI 2, 4

1 Department of Cardiovascular Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Cardiocentro Ticino Foundation, Lugano, Switzerland; 2 Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy; 3 Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Third Affiliated Hospital of Hebei Medical University, Shijiazhuang, China; 4 Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan, Italy


INTRODUCTION: Severe inflammatory conditions, as severe sepsis/septic shock and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), are related to high morbidity and mortality. We performed a meta-analysis of randomized trials to assess if blood purification with continuous veno-venous hemofiltration (CVVH) reduces mortality in these settings.
EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: Online databases were searched for pertinent studies up to March 2017. We included randomized-controlled trials on the use of CVVH as blood purification technique in comparison to conventional therapy in adult patients with severe sepsis/septic shock or ARDS but no acute kidney injury needing renal replacement therapy.
EVIDENCE SYNTHESIS: Eleven studies and 679 patients were included in the analysis. Patients who received CVVH had significantly lower mortality compared to conventional therapy (96 of 351 [27.35%] patients in the CVVH group vs. 129 of 328 [39.33%] in the conventional therapy group, OR=0.58 [95% CI: 0.42, 0.81], P=0.002, I2=10%, number needed to treat: 8) at longest follow-up available.
CONCLUSIONS: Overall, low-quality evidence indicates that blood purification with CVVH might be associated with a significant reduction in mortality when performed in patients with sepsis or ARDS. The evidence is still insufficient to support a definitive conclusion of benefit. Further high-quality randomized controlled trials, adequately powered for mortality, are needed to clarify the impact of CVVH on these conditions.

KEY WORDS: Sepsis - Septic shock - Adult acute respiratory distress syndrome - Mortality - Meta-analysis

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Issue published online: July 17, 2017
Article first published online: June 12, 2017
Manuscript accepted: May 16, 2017
Manuscript revised: May 11, 2017
Manuscript received: January 17, 2017

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Putzu A, Fang MX, Boscolo Berto M, Belletti A, Cabrini L, Cassina T, et al. Blood purification with continuous veno-venous hemofiltration in patients with sepsis or ARDS: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Minerva Anestesiol 2017;83:867-77. DOI: 10.23736/S0375-9393.17.11946-2

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