Serum Phosphate and Calcium Should Be Primarily and Consistently Controlled in Prevalent Hemodialysis Patients

Masatomo Taniguchi, Masafumi Fukagawa, Naohiko Fujii, Takayuki Hamano, Tetsuo Shoji, Keitaro Yokoyama, Shigeru Nakai, Takashi Shigematsu, Kunitoshi Iseki, Yoshiharu Tsubakihara

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Mineral metabolism affects mortality in hemodialysis patients and is identified by imbalances in serum phosphate (P), calcium (Ca), and parathyroid hormone (PTH). We examined associations between annual mineral values (P, Ca, PTH) and mortality in a 3-year cohort (Dec 2006-2009) of 128125 hemodialysis patients using three models, that is, baseline, time-dependent and time-average Cox models. We also examined associations between achieved Japanese guideline targets (P: 3.5-6.0mg/dL, corrected Ca 8.4-10.0mg/dL, intact PTH 60-180mg/dL) and all-cause survival to elucidate which parameter should be controlled as a priority. High and low serum P (>6.0 or ≤3.5mg/dL), high Ca (>9.5mg/dL), higher PTH (>300pg/mL) and lower PTH (≤60pg/mL) were significantly associated with high mortality in all three models (P<0.01). When we examined the association between combination of mineral targets and mortality, patients who achieved all targets simultaneously (20% of subjects, reference) showed lowest mortality. Those who achieved both P and Ca targets showed the same mortality as the reference group. Those who only met P target had a lower risk of death (hazard ratio=1.17) compared to those that achieved Ca or PTH target (1.41, 1.47, respectively). As time of achieving P and Ca targets increased, all-cause mortalities diminished incrementally, significantly. Mineral metabolism disorder would lead to high mortality in prevalent hemodialysis patients. Among mineral values, P would be the strongest predictor for high mortality. Consistent achievement of P and Ca targets would lead to good survival.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-228
Number of pages8
JournalTherapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2013


  • Chronic kidney disease-mineral and bone disorders
  • Guidelines
  • Japan
  • Mortality
  • Priority

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Nephrology


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