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Fetuin-A, coronary artery calcification and outcome in maintenance hemodialysis patients.
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PMID:  21543017     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Background/Aims: Previous studies have suggested that serum fetuin-A, a calcification inhibitor, predicts mortality in dialysis patients. This study investigated the relationships between fetuin-A, vascular calcification, and outcome in such patients. Methods: 58 patients on maintenance hemodialysis underwent multirow spiral computed tomography to determine baseline coronary artery calcification (CAC) score. Serum fetuin-A was measured repeatedly over time. Results: Time-averaged fetuin-A inversely correlated with age and baseline CAC score. After partial correlation analysis controlling for age, the association between fetuin-A and CAC became insignificant. During the study, 27 of 58 patients died and 26 experienced at least one cardiovascular event. Low fetuin-A was associated with a significant increase in all-cause mortality and the occurrence of a cardiovascular event. The association of fetuin-A with mortality and cardiovascular event remained significant even when adjusting for confounding factors, including age and CAC score. Conclusion: Time-averaged fetuin-A was associated with survival and cardiovascular outcome, independent of vascular calcification.
H H Jung; H J Baek; S-W Kim
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical nephrology     Volume:  75     ISSN:  0301-0430     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Nephrol.     Publication Date:  2011 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0364441     Medline TA:  Clin Nephrol     Country:  Germany    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  391-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Internal Medicine, Kangwon National University Hospital, School of Medicine, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, South Korea.
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