Background and objectives: Nephropathic cystinosis (NC) is an autosomal recessive disorder occurring in one to two per 100,000 newborns. Because of the rarity of NC, long-term outcome data are scarce.
Design, setting, participants, & measurements: 245 NC patients from 18 countries provided data to the ESPN/ERA-EDTA registry. We matched NC patients on renal replacement therapy (RRT) to non-NC children on RRT.
Results: Between 1979 and 2008, mean age at the start of RRT among NC children increased by 0.15 year per calendar year (95% confidence interval, 0.10 to 0.21) from 8.8 to 12.7 years, whereas we did not observe this in non-NC children. Five-year survival after the start of RRT improved in NC patients from 86.1% (before 1990) to 100% (since 2000) as compared with the control population (89.6% and 94.0%). NC patients received a renal allograft more often (relative risk, 1.09; 95% confidence interval, 1.00 to 1.17) as compared with matched RRT children, and 5-year graft survival was better (94.0% versus 84.0%). NC dialysis patients were less often hypertensive than non-NC children matched for age, country, and dialysis modality (42.7% versus 51.7%) and had lower parathyroid hormone levels (median, 56 versus 140 pg/ml). Although height at start of RRT slightly improved during the past decade, children with NC remained significantly shorter than non-NC children at the start of RRT.
Conclusions: We demonstrated improved survival of the renal function as well as better patient and graft survival after the start of RRT in a large European cohort of NC patients over the last two decades.