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Scand J Rheumatol. 2011 Mar;40(2):116-21. doi: 10.3109/03009742.2010.507218. Epub 2010 Sep 26.

Hyperuricaemia and accelerated reduction in renal function.

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Graduate Institute of Clinical Medical Sciences, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan.



Hyperuricaemia has been linked to reduced renal function, and evidence indicates that it may be associated with acceleration of the decline in glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD).


We analysed a population of subjects who had undergone serum uric acid (SUA) and serum creatinine measurements in a hospital-based cohort. Initial and final serum creatinine measurements were used to calculate the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and the annual decline in eGFR. Cox regression was used to investigate the relationship between SUA and CKD progression.


A total of 63,785 subjects were enrolled in the study during a 12-year follow-up period. The mean age at the time of initial serum creatinine measurement was 50.0 ± 14.9 years. Hyperuricaemic subjects had a significantly larger annual eGFR decline, both in absolute terms (2.5 ± 9.5 mL/min/1.73 m(2) per year) and as a percentage (2.8 ± 11.6% per year), as compared to the normouricaemia group (1.3 ± 9.6 mL/min/1.73 m(2) per year, 1.1 ± 11.1% per year, p < 0.001). After adjustment for age, sex, status of diabetes mellitus (DM) and hypertension, baseline eGFR, azotaemia, hypercholesterolaemia, and hyperglycaemia, hyperuricaemia was associated with a hazard ratio (HR) of 1.28 [95% confidence interval (CI) 1.23-1.33, p < 0.001] for an accelerated eGFR decline ≥ 3 mL/min/1.73 m(2) per year and an HR of 1.52 (95% CI 1.46-1.59) for CKD progression at the end of follow-up.


Hyperuricaemia was associated with an accelerated decline in eGFR and higher risk of CKD progression. Therefore, renal function should be monitored closely in patients with hyperuricaemia.

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