Hypertension and nephrology

[The prognostic role of serum albumin levels in survival of chronically hemodialized patients]

KULCSÁR Imre, SZAKÁCS Gyuláné, SZEGEDI János, KISS István

SEPTEMBER 21, 2012

Hypertension and nephrology - 2012;16(03-04)

[The authors have investigated the survival of 238 patients on chronic haemodialysis program regarding serum albumin levels (measured at starting dialysis and at the end of observation) adjusted for age, gender, diabetes, serum haemoglobin and body weight. The mean observational period was 5.5 years. Our investigation has documented a tight positive correlation between the survival and serum albumin levels both at starting and ending of investigation independently of epidemiological parameters. It was demonstrated that serum albumin levels decrease by aging, so the authors recommend a little bit lower serum albumin target level for older dialyzed people, because the normal range is also decreasing by aging. The level of serum albumin has not shown changing in younger patients (less than 60 years) in this long observational period, but there was a significant decrease in olders (especially above 70 years).]

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