CRP measurement: does the assay matter in hemodialysis patients?

Clin Nephrol. 2008 Dec;70(6):503-7. doi: 10.5414/cnp70503.


Background: The serum level of C-reactive protein, an acute-phase marker of systemic inflammation, has been shown to predict cardiovascular events in the general population and cardiovascular and total mortality in hemodialysis patients. High-sensitivity CRP assays (hs-CRP) have been used in numerous studies. We hypothesized that the level of CRP as measured by the conventional assay (c-CRP) would predict mortality in hemodialysis patients with an accuracy similar to that of high-sensitivity assays.

Methods: In April 2001 CRP serum level was measured with both a conventional and a high-sensitivity assay in 102 prevalent hemodialysis patients. Mortality was prospectively monitored over 6 years.

Results: 49 patients (48%) died during follow-up. With both assays, almost 2/3 of patients had high CRP levels (> 1 mg/dl). Survival at 6 years was significantly lower in patients with high CRP levels, no matter which assay was used (31.5% for patients with high hs-CRP and 27.3% for patients with high c-CRP vs 48.4% for patients with low hs-CRP and 47.1% for patients with low c-CRP). Cardiovascular mortality was also higher in patients with high CRP levels, whatever the type of assay (conventional or high sensitivity) used. The correlation between the two tests was excellent.

Conclusion: CRP level, measured by a conventional inexpensive assay, is predictive of mortality in hemodialysis patients.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Belgium / epidemiology
  • Biomarkers / blood
  • C-Reactive Protein / metabolism*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / blood*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / etiology
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / blood*
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / complications
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / therapy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nephelometry and Turbidimetry
  • Prognosis
  • Prospective Studies
  • Renal Dialysis*
  • Risk Factors
  • Survival Rate / trends
  • Time Factors
  • Young Adult


  • Biomarkers
  • C-Reactive Protein