Which is the role of the oral iron therapies for iron deficiency anemia in non-dialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease patients? Results from clinical experience

Abstract

Iron deficiency afflicts about 60% of dialysis patients and about 30% of non-dialysis-dependent CKD patients (ND-CKD). The role of iron deficiency in determining anemia in CKD patients is so relevant that guidelines from the Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) initiative recommend treating it before starting with erythropoiesis-stimulating agents. KDIGO guidelines suggest oral iron therapy because it is commonly available and inexpensive, although it is often characterized by low bioavailability and low compliance due to adverse effects.

A new-generation oral iron therapy is now available and seems to be promising. We therefore conducted a study to determine whether an association of iron sucrose, folic acid and vitamins C, B6, B12, can improve anemia in ND-CKD patients, stage 3-5. Our study shows that iron sucrose is a safe and effective oral iron therapy and that it is capable of correcting anemia in ND-CKD patients, although it does not seem to replete low iron stores.

Keywords: iron deficiency, chronic kidney disease, CKD, anemia, oral iron

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Introduzione

La carenza marziale, associata o meno all’anemia, rappresenta una delle condizioni più frequenti dei pazienti affetti da malattia renale cronica (MRC), siano essi in terapia conservativa o in terapia dialitica sostitutiva [1,2].

La carenza marziale è definita dalla Organizzazione Mondiale della Sanità come una condizione caratterizzata da una quantità di ferro insufficiente a mantenere la fisiologica funzione di sangue, cervello e muscoli. Essa non sempre si associa ad anemia, soprattutto se il deficit non è sufficientemente severo o è di recente insorgenza [3].

 

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The definition of chronic kidney disease in a context of aging population

Abstract

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a progressively chronic disease that carries a high burden of morbidity and mortality and is associated with significant healthcare utilization and costs. Recent trends shown that the prevalence of CKD is stable in Europe and USA, whereas tends to decline in some countries with a high standard of care.

According to international guidelines, chronic kidney disease (CKD) is defined as the presence of kidney damage or a glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) less than 60 ml/min. This staging method has a main drawback, its imprecise assessment of renal function at the extremes of the age bracket: the use of a fixed threshold value (glomerular filtration rate [GFR <60 ml /min]) to define chronic renal failure appears an imprecise measure in the young and in the elderly. In these two groups, in fact, the measurement of GFR is difficult to categorize in a "rigid" system of classification. The reduction of the GFR with aging is due to a complex process that leads to a steady reduction of the functioning nephrons over 40 years of age. Taken together, these findings should spur us to adopt a new definition of CKD. An age-adapted definition of CKD could be a good solution to avoid a diagnosis of CKD in elderly patients (GFR >45 ml/min) when there are no prognostic implications on survival. The adoption of this new definition would also reduce the high prevalence of the disease in the general population, with a beneficial reduction of the costs associated with monitoring a mildly decreased eGFR.

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Introduzione

Dal 2013 la World Health Organization (WHO) sostiene un progetto denominato “global action plan” che promuovere la salute e il benessere psico-fisico della popolazione mondiale. Il progetto, basato sulla prevenzione e il controllo delle malattie non trasmissibili, ha l’obiettivo di ridurre la mortalità dovuta a cancro, malattia cardiovascolare, malattia respiratoria cronica e diabete del 25% nel 2025 [1]. Sebbene la malattia renale cronica (MRC) non sia elencata tra le patologie croniche, è opinione comune che questa impatti profondamente sullo stato di salute dei pazienti affetti. A tal proposito il Ministero della Salute inserisce la MRC nel piano nazionale della cronicità del 2016. 

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