[Serum 25(OH)-Vitamin D levels and bone metabolism in patients on maintenance hemodialysis]

ALMÁSI Csilla1, AMBRUS Csaba1,2, DEÁK György1,2, MARTON Adrienn1, BERTA Klára2, LAKATOS Péter1, SZABÓ András3, HORVÁTH CSABA4, MUCSI István1,2

SEPTEMBER 20, 2005

Ca&Bone - 2005;8(03)

[INTRODUCTION - Increasing evidence suggests that 25- hydroxy vitamin D3 (25(OH)D3) may contribute to the bone health of patients with chronic kidney disease.However, there is very little information available on the vitamin D3 status of patients with chronic renal failure. In a cross-sectional study we assessed the association between vitamin D3 status and parathyroid function, bone turnover, bone mass and structure in patients on maintenance haemodialysis. PATIENTS AND METHODS - Sixty-nine patients on maintenance haemodialysis were assessed by bone densitometry (DEXA) and quantitative bone ultrasound. Serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D3 levels and serum markers of bone turnover were simultaneously measured. RESULTS - A high prevalence of potentially significant vitamin D3 deficiency was found in this patient group; 59% of the patients had their 25(OH)D3 vitamin level below 20 nmol/l.There was a significant negative correlation between serum 25(OH)D3 and serum intact parathormone (iPTH) levels (r=-0.231, p<0.05) and this association remained significant after controlling for potential co-variables. Furthermore, a positive correlation was observed between serum 25(OH)D3 concentration and bone mineral density measured at the radius (r=0.424, p<0.01). Finally,we show for the first time that 25(OH)D3 levels are significantly and independently associated with broad band ultrasound attenuation (β =0.237, p<0.05) measured with calcaneal quantitative bone ultrasound in patients with chronic renal failure. CONCLUSION - Vitamin D3 deficiency may contribute to the impaired bone health of patients on maintenance dialysis, therefore, it seems to be warranted regularly monitoring and carefully controlling the D3-vitamin level of these patients.The results also suggest that quantitative bone ultrasound is useful in assessing bone health of patients with chronic renal failure.]


  1. Semmelweis Egyetem, I. Sz. Belgyógyászati Klinika, Budapest
  2. Semmelweis Egyetem, Fresenius Medical Care Dialízis Állomás
  3. Semmelweis Egyetem, I. Sz. Gyermekgyógyászati Klinika, Budapest
  4. Semmelweis Egyetem, I. sz. Belgyógyászati Klinika, Budapest



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