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Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc. 2017;55(Suppl 2):S151-7.

Diagnosis and clinical implications of vascular calcification of chronic kidney disease in Mexico

[Article in Spanish; Abstract available in Spanish from the publisher]

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Unidad de Investigación Médica en Enfermedades Renales, Hospital de Especialidades, Centro Médico Nacional de Occidente, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México Correo electrónico:


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Vascular calcification (VC), it is a clinical condition highly associated to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), CKD patients had as a primary death cause, the cardiovascular disease (CVD), among many non-traditional factors for CKD appears VC. The pathogenesis of VC it´s multifactorial and it´s in short terms a change of muscle vessels cells to a bone cell; this transformation it´s close related to Chronic Kidney Disease-Bone Metabolism Disorder (CKD-BMD), Vitamin D, phosphorus, calcium and parathyroid hormone are close related to VC. The diagnosis of VC can be done by different methods from Electron Beam Computed Tomography to plain X ray studies; there are many scores base on plain X ray studies that can predict mortality in patients with VC. In our setting there is scarce information regarding VC in dialysis patients, the available information show a higher frequency (~50%) and severe; predictors to the VC in our setting are: age, serum HDL and alkaline phosphatase. It is necessary in the primary care setting the evaluation of VC in order to prevent it appearing. There is not an effective treatment to VC so it´s necessary search for strategies to prevent it.


Kidney Diseases; Diagnostic Techniques and Procedures; Vascular Calcification

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