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Uric acid as a prognostic factor for survival time: a prospective cohort study of terminally ill cancer patients.
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PMID:  16793489     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of this prospective cohort study was to determine whether serum uric acid level is useful as a predictor of survival in terminally ill cancer patients. One hundred eighteen terminally ill cancer patients, including 63 (53.4%) males, were categorized into four groups by serum uric acid levels and followed up until death or to the end of the study. Cox's proportional hazard model was adopted to evaluate the joint effect of some clinicobiological variables on survival. From an initial model containing 51 variables, a final parsimonious model was obtained by means of a stepwise method. Repetitive dispersion analysis was performed for serum uric acid level in 39 subjects for 3 weeks until death. During the study period, 113 (95.76%) subjects expired, and the median survival time was 14 days. In univariate analysis, survival time of the fourth highest group (> or =7.2mg/dL) was significantly shorter than that of the others (hazard ratio (HR)=2.784, P<0.001). After adjustment for low performance status, moderate to severe pain, prolonged prothrombin time, hypocholesterolemia, and high lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) level, high serum uric acid level (> or =7.2mg/dL) was significantly and independently associated with short survival time (HR=2.637, P=0.001). Serum uric acid levels were also significantly increased between the first and the second week before death. These findings suggest that serum uric acid level can be useful in predicting life expectancy in terminally ill cancer patients.
Hyun-Sik Shin; Hye-Ree Lee; Duk-Chul Lee; Jae-Yong Shim; Kyung-Hee Cho; Sang-Yeon Suh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pain and symptom management     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0885-3924     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pain Symptom Manage     Publication Date:  2006 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-06-23     Completed Date:  2006-09-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8605836     Medline TA:  J Pain Symptom Manage     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  493-501     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Family Medicine (H.-S.S, H.-R.L, D.-C.L, J.-Y.S.), Yongdong Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Cohort Studies
Middle Aged
Neoplasms / blood*,  mortality*
Predictive Value of Tests
Survival Rate
Terminally Ill*
Uric Acid / blood*
Reg. No./Substance:
69-93-2/Uric Acid

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