Serum Uric Acid and Mortality in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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Blood Purif. 2021 Mar 19:1-9. doi: 10.1159/000513944. Online ahead of print.


BACKGROUND: Existing studies suggested conflicting relationships between serum uric acid (SUA) and mortality in CKD patients. The present meta-analysis aimed to determine whether SUA can be a predictor for mortality in CKD cohorts.

METHOD: A systematical search was conducted on PubMed, EMBASE, and The Cochrane Library to identify studies reporting the relationship between SUA level and all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in CKD populations. In addition, random-effects models were adopted to calculate the hazard ratios (HRs) and corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CIs).

RESULTS: On the whole, 29 studies were involved. In the present meta-analysis, patients exhibiting the maximum SUA level showed an association with a significantly higher risk for all-cause mortality (HR, 1.30; 95% CI, 1.06-1.59) compared with patients exhibiting the minimum SUA level. As revealed from the meta-analysis of 8 studies, low level of SUA was another predictor for all-cause mortality in patients with CKD (HR, 1.36; 95% CI, 1.20-1.54). No significant relationship was identified between SUA and cardiovascular mortality.

CONCLUSIONS: Higher and lower SUA levels are both associated with significantly increased risk of all-cause mortality in patients with CKD. A appreciate dose of treatment of lowering SUA agents should be confirmed.

PMID:33744888 | DOI:10.1159/000513944

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