Impact of prognostic nutritional index on outcomes in patients with Mycobacterium avium complex pulmonary disease

Sung Woo Moon, Eun Hye Lee, Ji Soo Choi, Ah Young Leem, Su Hwan Lee, Sang Hoon Lee, Song Yee Kim, Kyung Soo Chung, Ji Ye Jung, Moo Suk Park, Young Sam Kim, Young Ae Kang

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Onodera’s prognostic nutritional index (PNI) is useful in predicting prognosis of various diseases. But the usefulness of PNI in non-surgical patients has not been sufficiently proven yet. In patients with mycobacterium avium complex pulmonary disease (MAC-PD), malnutrition is an important factor that affects the quality of life and morbidity. Here, we aimed to evaluate whether PNI is related with clinical outcomes in MAC-PD patients. We examined 663 patients diagnosed with MAC-PD between May 2005 and November 2017. PNI score was calculated at the time of diagnosis and treatment initiation, and patients were divided into malnutrition and non-malnutrition groups according to a cut-off PNI score of 45. As the recommended duration of treatment for MAC-PD is 12 months following sputum conversion, treatment duration less than 12 months was defined as treatment intolerance. Survivals were compared with the log-rank test. Multivariate logistic regression and multivariate Cox proportional hazards models were used to estimate the odds ratio (OR) and hazards ratio (HR) for treatment intolerance and mortality, respectively. Of the 306 patients that received treatment, 193 received treatment longer than 12 months. In the multivariable logistic regression model, malnutrition at the time of treatment initiation was related with treatment intolerance (OR: 2.559, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.414–4.634, P = 0.002). Patients in the malnutrition group at the time of diagnosis exhibited lower survival (P<0.001) and malnutrition at the time of diagnosis was a significant risk for all-cause mortality (HR: 2.755, 95% CI: 1.610–4.475, P<0.001). Malnutrition, as defined by PNI, is an independent predictor for treatment intolerance and all-cause mortality in patients with MAC-PD.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0232714
JournalPloS one
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2020 May

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