Hypertension and nephrology

[Elderly patients with end-stage renal disease, its epidemiology and questions regarding it in Hungary]

SZEGEDI János, KISS István

APRIL 08, 2017

Hypertension and nephrology - 2017;21(02)

[The number of elderly people and the kidney disease’s importance connected to it has increased worldwide, therefore the chronic kidney disease became an endemic. Parallel to the dwindling of population the people in it age. Because of the men’s higher mortality rate the proportion of women in the elderly is greater. Prognosis indicates that by 2060 every third citizen will be aged 65 or more. Between 1990 and 2015 the life expectancy at birth increased by 6.95 years in the case of men (in 1990 it was 61.13, and in 2015 it was 72.08) and by 4.9 years in the case of women (in 1990 it was 73.7, and in 2015 it was 78.6) in Hungary. Chronic kidney disease concerns 10 to 14 % of the population and 1% of all of them suffers from end stage kidney failure. In the end of 2015 3.52 million patients received kidney replacement therapy around the globe (2.42 million received hemodialysis, 329000 received peritoneal dialysis and 704 000 lived with transplanted kidneys). Of all the risk factors of chronic kidney disease age, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and obesity stand out as the most important ones. The kidneys’ anatomy and function change in elderly age, making it possible for the kidney disease to manifest in greater numbers. The elderly dialysis patients’ number increases worldwide which is connected to their higher life expectancy and better life prospects which on the other hand ultimately means that more and more patient lives to suffer from kidney disease. It cannot be disregarded either that the increasing number of elderly patients suffering from hypertension or diabetes means that because these are causes of kidney disease, the latter’s numbers are also increasing. International data indicates that in the case of incident ESRD patients their number was between 68-2784 and the older than 75 years was 142-1660 per million population. In Hungary there was 778/pmp and 677/pmp, respectively. In 2015 the ratio of incident dialysis patients the ones aged above 65 was 58,9% in the case of incident patients and 50,3% in the case of prevalent patients. The ratio of the ones aged above 75 was 28,2% in the case of incident patients and 22,6% in the case of prevalent patients. The number of elderly dialysis patients differs by region too. Dialysis treatment started in elderly age requires special knowledge and teamwork, similarly to the question of refusing the treatment. The latter team work, adequate experts (doctors and nurses) and the related professions’ representatives build the foundations of a proper clinical practice.]

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