Serum β2-Microglobulin Predicts Mortality in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients: A Prospective Cohort Study

Eun Sil Koh, Kyungsoo Lee, Su Hyun Kim, Young Ok Kim, Dong Chan Jin, Ho Chul Song, Euy Jin Choi, Yong Lim Kim, Yon Su Kim, Shin Wook Kang, Nam Ho Kim, Chul Woo Yang, Yong Kyun Kim

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Background/Aims: β2-Microglobulin (β2-M) is a surrogate marker of middle-molecule uremic toxins and is associated with mortality in chronic hemodialysis patients. However, the impact of serum β2-M levels on mortality in peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients is uncertain. The purpose of this study was to examine the association of serum β2-M levels with all-cause mortality in PD patients. Methods: A total of 771 PD patients were selected from the Clinical Research Center registry for end-stage renal disease cohort in Korea. Patients were categorized into 3 groups by tertiles of serum β2-M levels. The primary outcome was all-cause mortality. Results: The median value of serum β2-M was 23.6 mg/l (interquartile range 14.8-33.4 mg/l), and the median follow-up period was 39 months. The Kaplan-Meier analysis showed that the all-cause mortality rate was significantly different according to tertiles of serum β2-M in PD patients (p = 0.03, log-rank). Multivariate Cox proportional analysis showed that the hazards ratio for all-cause mortality was 1.02 (95% CI 1.01-1.04, p = 0.006) per 1 mg/l increase in β2-M after adjustment for multiple confounding factors that relate to malnutrition and inflammation marker. However, serum β2-M was not associated with all-cause mortality after adjustment for residual renal clearance. Conclusions: These results are supportive of the potential role of the serum β2-M level as a predictor of mortality in PD patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-98
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Nephrology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Oct 16

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  • Nephrology


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