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August 1984

Hemodialysis in Chronic Schizophrenics

Author Affiliations

Karolinska Institute Department of Psychiatry St Göran's Hospital PO Box 12500 S-112 81 Stockholm, Sweden
Department of Renal Medicine Huddinge Sjakhas 141 86 Stockholm, Sweden
Western Psychiatric Institute Department of Psychiatry University of Pittsburgh 3811 O'Hara St Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Provincial Psychiatric Institute of Liernaux 6688 Liernaux, Belgium
Grosshadern Neurology Clinic Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich PO Box 701 260 D-8000 Munich 70, West Germany
Department of Nephrology Free University of Medicine and Surgery 67100 Aquila, Italy

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1984;41(8):817-819. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1984.01790190091013

To the Editor.—  Since Wagemaker and Cade's initial report of the favorable effect of hemodialysis on schizophrenics,1 more than 200 patients worldwide have been treated and more than 30 publications have appeared. To review and discuss the accumulated data, an international workshop convened in Stockholm on Dec 9, 1982. The studies presented at the sessions that have been published are cited in the following summary of the meeting.In most published studies, information about diagnosis, method of treatment, medication, and rating scales did not allow identification of a subpopulation specially benefiting from hemodialysis. Therefore, Nedopil et al undertook a survey inviting 95 treatment centers to participate.2 Thirtynine centers replied. Of these, 35 were from Europe and represented 100 patients and four were from the United States and represented 45 patients. The number treated varied from one to 31 patients per center.Diagnostic categories differed markedly between Europe and the

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