Anemia is associated with mortality in kidney-transplanted patients - A prospective cohort study

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Although anemia is a known risk factor of mortality in several patient populations, no prospective study to date has demonstrated association between anemia and mortality in kidney-transplanted patients. In our prospective cohort study (TransQol-HU Study), we tested the hypothesis that anemia is associated with mortality and graft failure (return to dialysis) in transplanted patients. Data from 938 transplanted patients, followed at a single outpatient transplant center, were analyzed. Sociodemographic parameters, laboratory data, medical history and information on comorbi-dity were collected at baseline. Data on 4-year outcome (graft failure, mortality or combination of both) were collected prospectively from the patients' charts. Both mortality and graft failure rate during the 4-year follow-up was significantly higher in patients who were anemic at baseline (for anemic vs nonanemic patients, respectively: mortality 18% vs. 10%; p < 0.001; graft failure 17% vs 6%; p < 0.001). In multivariate Cox proportional hazard models the presence of anemia significantly predicted mortality (HR = 1.690; 95% CI: 1.115-2.560) and also graft failure (HR = 2.465; 95% CI: 1.485-4.090) after adjustment for several covariables. Anemia, which is a treatable complication, is signi-ficantly and independently associated with mortality and graft failure in kidney-transplanted patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)818-824
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2007


  • Anemia
  • Chronic renal disease
  • Kidney
  • Mortality
  • Transplantation outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Transplantation
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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