Bone disease in predialysis, hemodialysis, and CAPD patients: evidence of a better bone response to PTH

Kidney Int. 1995 May;47(5):1434-42. doi: 10.1038/ki.1995.201.


The spectrum of bone disease in predialysis and dialysis patients has changed during the last decade. The incidence of aplastic bone disease has increased and this can not be attributed to bone aluminum deposition; moreover, low bone cellular activity is present despite a moderate elevation in PTH levels. This study compares PTH levels and types of bone disease in both predialysis and dialysis patients from the same geographical area. We prospectively studied 119 unselected end-stage renal disease patients: 38 were immediately predialysis (PreD), 49 on hemodialysis (HD), and 32 on CAPD. A bone biopsy was performed in all patients. Aplastic bone disease with < 5% bone surface aluminum was a common finding (48%, 32%, and 48%, in PreD, HD, and CAPD, respectively). In all groups, an intact PTH level below 120 pg/ml was highly predictive of low bone turnover. Conversely, a PTH level above 450 pg/ml was always associated with histologic features of hyperparathyroid bone disease. Among the bone histomorphometric parameters, osteoblast surface showed the best correlation with intact PTH in each group, and the slope of the regression line for this correlation was significantly steeper in HD and CAPD than PreD patients. Thus, the range of PTH (95% confidence limit bands) needed to obtain a normal osteoblast surface of 1.5% was greater in preD than in HD and CAPD patients (300 to 500 vs. 75 to 260 pg/ml, respectively). In all groups some degree of marrow fibrosis was observed when PTH levels were greater than 250 pg/ml.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Calcium / blood
  • Chronic Kidney Disease-Mineral and Bone Disorder / blood
  • Chronic Kidney Disease-Mineral and Bone Disorder / etiology*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / therapy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Parathyroid Hormone / blood*
  • Peritoneal Dialysis, Continuous Ambulatory*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Radioimmunoassay
  • Renal Dialysis*


  • Parathyroid Hormone
  • Calcium