Treatment of Hemodialysis-Associated Adynamic Bone Disease with Teriparatide (PTH1-34): A Pilot Study

Kidney Blood Press Res. 2010;33(3):221-6. doi: 10.1159/000316708. Epub 2010 Jun 24.


Background: Adynamic bone disease (ABD) is caused by a relative or absolute parathyroid hormone (PTH) deficiency. Teriparatide (PTH1-34) is an osteoanabolic agent in clinical use. Here, it was hypothesized that treatment with teriparatide improves bone mineral density (BMD) of ABD patients.

Patients and methods: Seven hemodialysis patients with ABD and a median iPTH level of 22 pg/ml were evaluated in this open-label, prospective, 6-month observational pilot-study. All patients received 20 μg teriparatide/day subcutaneously. Serologic bone markers, BMD and coronary artery calcification (CAC) were measured at baseline and after 6 months.

Results: Teriparatide therapy led to a significant increase in lumbar spine (0.885 ± 0.08 vs. 0.914 ± 0.09 g/cm(2), p < 0.02), but not femoral neck (0.666 ± 0.170 vs. 0.710 ± 0.189 g/cm(2), p = 0.18) BMD. Compared to pretreatment values, calculated monthly changes in BMD improved significantly in both the lumbar spine and femoral neck (p < 0.02). Changes in serologic markers of bone turnover and CAC scores were not statistically significant.

Conclusion: Teriparatide therapy might improve low BMD in hemodialysis patients with ABD. Further clinical studies are needed to establish teriparatide as a therapeutic option for dialysis patients with ABD.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Bone Density / drug effects
  • Bone Density / physiology
  • Bone Density Conservation Agents / pharmacology
  • Bone Density Conservation Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Bone Diseases / diagnosis
  • Bone Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Bone Diseases / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects
  • Prospective Studies
  • Renal Dialysis / adverse effects*
  • Teriparatide / pharmacology
  • Teriparatide / therapeutic use*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Bone Density Conservation Agents
  • Teriparatide