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Time-varying Serum Albumin Levels and All-Cause Mortality in Prevalent Peritoneal Dialysis Patients: A 5-year Observational Study


Time-varying Serum Albumin Levels and All-Cause Mortality in Prevalent Peritoneal Dialysis Patients: A 5-year Observational Study

Na Hao et al. BMC Nephrol.


Background: In this study, we investigated the association of time-varying serum albumin levels with mortality over a 5-year period in one cohort of patients undergoing long-term peritoneal dialysis (PD) therapy.

Methods: The participants in this study enrolled 302 patients who underwent long-term PD at a single PD center in Taiwan. We reviewed medical records from 2011 to 2015 retrospectively. Time-averaged albumin level and serum albumin reach rate (defined as the percentage of serum albumin measurements that reached ≥3.5 g/dL) were applied as the predictor variables in the first 2 years (2011-2012). All-cause mortality was used as the outcome variable in the subsequent 3 years (2013-2015). Hazard function of all-cause mortality in the study participants was examined by using Cox proportional hazard regression models .

Results: Patients with different albumin reach rates (75-< 100%, 50-< 75%, 1-< 50%) did not exhibit a significantly increased risk for all-cause mortality. Patients with a 0% albumin reach rate exhibited a significantly increased risk for all-cause mortality (hazard ratio [HR] 7.59, 95% confidence interval [CI], 2.38-24.21) by fully adjusted analysis. Patients with time-averaged albumin levels of < 3.5 g/dL (HR 15.49, 95% CI 1.74-137.72) exhibited a higher risk for all-cause mortality than those with serum albumin levels ≥4.0 g/dL.

Conclusions: This study demonstrated that higher serum albumin reach rates and higher time-averaged serum albumin levels are associated with a lower mortality rate over a 5-year period among patients undergoing long-term PD.

Keywords: Albumin; Mortality; Peritoneal dialysis.

Conflict of interest statement

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

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