Serum phosphate and mortality in incident dialysis patients in Australia and New Zealand

Mark Tiong, Shahid Ullah, Stephen McDonald, Sven-Jean Tan, Nicole Lioufas, Matthew Roberts, Nigel Toussaint

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Abstract

Aim: Hyperphosphataemia is associated with increased adverse outcomes, including mortality. Re-examining this association using up-to-date data reflecting current and real-world practices, across different global regions and in both haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients, is important. Methods: We describe the association between serum phosphate and all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in incident dialysis patients between 2008 and 2018 using the Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant (ANZDATA) Registry. Time-dependent Cox proportionate hazards models were used. Models were adjusted for available covariates and fitted for the overall cohort, and also each dialysis modality. Results: 31 989 patients were followed over 97 122 person-years at risk (mean age at first dialysis 61 years, 38% female, 67% haemodialysis). We observed a U-shaped association between serum phosphate and all-cause mortality. In the fully adjusted model, categories of serum phosphate above and below 1.25–1.99 mmol/L were associated with progressively higher risk, reaching a hazard ratio of 2.13 (95% CI 1.93–2.36, p <.001) for serum phosphate ≥2.75 mmol/L, and 1.56 (95% CI 1.44–1.69, p <.001) for serum phosphate <1.00 mmol/L. Low and high levels of serum phosphate were also associated with increased risk of cardiovascular mortality, however the association with high serum phosphate was more pronounced (“J-shaped relationship”). The associations were consistent across sub-analyses of patients receiving haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis treatment. Conclusion: In this large contemporary dialysis cohort, both high and low levels of serum phosphate were independently associated with increased risk of mortality. Future studies are required to determine whether treatment of abnormal serum phosphate levels improves mortality.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalNephrology
Early online date28 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 May 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • haemodialysis
  • hyperphosphataemia
  • hypophosphataemia
  • mortality
  • peritoneal dialysis
  • serum phosphate

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