Fracture status in middle-aged individuals with early CKD: cross-sectional analysis of the CARTaGENE survey

Osteoporos Int. 2019 Apr;30(4):787-795. doi: 10.1007/s00198-019-04902-1. Epub 2019 Feb 22.


Whether early chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with fracture in middle-aged adults is unclear. In a cross-sectional analysis of the CARTaGENE survey, we observed that early CKD was not associated with increased fracture, did not modify the association between calcaneal QUS and fracture, but modified the association between clinical, pharmacological parameters and fracture.

Introduction: The association between advanced CKD and increased fracture risk is well described. However, whether early CKD is associated with increased fractures, especially in middle-aged adults, is unclear. We aimed to assess if early CKD is associated with increased fracture status and whether early CKD status modifies the association between calcaneal quantitative ultrasound parameters, clinical, pharmacological parameters, and fractures.

Methods: Cross-sectional analysis of CARTaGENE, a population-based survey of 40- to 69-year-old individuals. Individuals with CKD (stage 2, estimated glomerular filtration rate [eGFR] 60-89 ml/min/1.73 m2; stage 3, eGFR 30-59) were compared to non-CKD individuals (eGFR > 90). Fracture status (excluding face, toe, hand, and patella) was identified through a questionnaire at baseline. Calcaneal quantitative ultrasound (QUS) was measured in each participant.

Results: A total of 17,608 individuals (656 CKD stage 3; 8227 stage 2; 8725 non-CKD) were included. CKD stage 2 and 3 individuals (mean eGFR 78 and 53 ml/min/1.73 m2) were older and had more diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension. Fracture status prevalence was 14.9% in CKD stage 3, 10.8% in CKD stage 2, and 9.0% in non-CKD individuals. Fracture status prevalence was similar between CKD and non-CKD individuals when stratified by age or after adjustment for demographic and clinical parameters. QUS stiffness index was associated with fracture status in both CKD stage 3 (standardized odds ratio [sOR] = 1.525 [1.200 to 1.939] per 1 SD decrease), stage 2 (sOR = 1.415 [1.310 to 1.530]), and non-CKD individuals (sOR = 1.477 [1.361 to 1.602]). The associations between blood pressure, antihypertensive, and fracture status followed a U-shape throughout the progression of CKD.

Conclusions: CKD stage 3 was not associated with an increase in fracture status. QUS parameters were similarly associated with fracture status in patients with and without CKD.

Keywords: CARTaGENE; Chronic kidney disease; Fracture.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Calcaneus / diagnostic imaging
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Glomerular Filtration Rate
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteoporotic Fractures / diagnostic imaging
  • Osteoporotic Fractures / epidemiology
  • Osteoporotic Fractures / etiology*
  • Prevalence
  • Quebec / epidemiology
  • Renal Insufficiency, Chronic / complications*
  • Renal Insufficiency, Chronic / epidemiology
  • Renal Insufficiency, Chronic / physiopathology
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Ultrasonography