Short Communication: PDF OnlyTaylor J. E.; Bridges, A.; Henderson, I. S.; Stewart, W. K.; Belch, J. J. F.Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: December 1991 - p 765-770 Buy Abstract Whole blood granulocyte aggregation in vitro was measured in 17 hemodialysis (HD) patients, 18 continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) patients, and 30 age-matched normal controls. Granulocyte aggregation was significantly increased in dialysis-dependent patients compared to controls (P< 0.001) and was statistically significantly higher in CAPD patients compared to HD patients (P< 0.01). [CAPD patients, median (range): 56.5 (44–71)%; HD patients: 53.0 (32–67)%; Controls: 42.5 (33–56)%.] Since granulocyte hyperaggregability has been linked with the pathogenesis of ischaemic vascular disease, abnormal granulocyte activity in dialysis-dependent patients may be one of many factors contributing to their increased cardiovascular morbidity. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.