HMG CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) for dialysis patients

Suetonia Palmer, Sankar Navaneethan, Jonathan Craig, David Johnson, Vlado Perkovic, Sagar Nigwekar, Jorgen Hegbrant, Giovanni Strippoli

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Background People with advanced kidney disease treated with dialysis experience mortality rates from cardiovascular disease that are substantially higher than for the general population. Studies that have assessed the benefits of statins (HMG CoA reductase inhibitors) report conflicting conclusions for people on dialysis and existing meta-analyses have not had sufficient power to determine whether the effects of statins vary with severity of kidney disease. Recently, additional data for the effects of statins in dialysis patients have become available. This is an update of a review first published in 2004 and last updated in 2009. Objectives To assess the benefits and harms of statin use in adults who require dialysis (haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis). Search methods We searched the Cochrane Renal Group's Specialised Register to 29 February 2012 through contact with the Trials' Search Co-ordinator using search terms relevant to this review. Selection criteria Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and quasi-RCTs that compared the effects of statins with placebo, no treatment, standard care or other statins on mortality, cardiovascular events and treatment-related toxicity in adults treated with dialysis were sought for inclusion. Data collection and analysis Two or more authors independently extracted data and assessed study risk of bias. Treatment effects were summarised using a randomeffects model and subgroup analyses were conducted to explore sources of heterogeneity. Treatment effects were expressed as mean difference (MD) for continuous outcomes and risk ratios (RR) for dichotomous outcomes together with 95% confidence intervals (CI).

Original languageEnglish
Article number CD004289
Number of pages84
JournalCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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