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Miner Electrolyte Metab. 1986;12(5-6):390-6.

Renal osteodystrophy in patients on hemodialysis for more than 10 years.


We performed bone biopsies on 13 patients who had been on dialysis from 11.1 to 17.6 years (mean 14.5 +/- 2.1 years) to evaluate renal osteodystrophy in long-term dialysis patients. Seven patients had osteitis fibrosa and 6 had a mineralization defect. Stainable bone aluminum was present in 9 of the patients. Serum phosphorus and parathyroid hormone levels were higher and bone aluminum lower in patients with osteitis fibrosa compared to those with a mineralization defect. Those seriously disabled with decreased mobility due to bone pain (7 of 13) had more bone aluminum than those patients with minimal or no disability (1.55 +/- 1.0 mm/mm2 vs. 0.11 +/- 0.18, respectively, p less than 0.01). A history of fractures during the years on dialysis was also associated with elevated stainable bone aluminum (p = 0.04). We conclude that in long-term dialysis patients aluminum-related osteodystrophy results in greater morbidity than osteitis fibrosa. We recommend that aluminum-containing phosphate binders be used sparingly in patients who are to remain indefinitely on dialysis.

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