Intravenous iron exposure and mortality in patients on hemodialysis.


Journal Article

Clinical trials assessing effects of larger cumulative iron exposure with outcomes are lacking, and observational studies have been limited by assessment of short-term exposure only and/or failure to assess cause-specific mortality. The associations between short- and long-term iron exposure on all-cause and cause-specific mortality were examined.The study included 14,078 United States patients on dialysis initiating dialysis between 2003 and 2008. Intravenous iron dose accumulations over 1-, 3-, and 6-month rolling windows were related to all-cause, cardiovascular, and infection-related mortality in Cox proportional hazards models that used marginal structural modeling to control for time-dependent confounding.Patients in the 1-month model cohort (n=14,078) were followed a median of 19 months, during which there were 27.6% all-cause deaths, 13.5% cardiovascular deaths, and 3% infection-related deaths. A reduced risk of all-cause mortality with receipt of >150-350 (hazard ratio, 0.78; 95% confidence interval, 0.64 to 0.95) or >350 mg (hazard ratio, 0.79; 95% confidence interval, 0.62 to 0.99) intravenous iron compared with >0-150 mg over 1 month was observed. There was no relation of 1-month intravenous iron dose with cardiovascular or infection-related mortality and no relation of 3- or 6-month cumulative intravenous iron dose with all-cause or cardiovascular mortality. There was a nonstatistically significant increase in infection-related mortality with receipt of >1050 mg intravenous iron in 3 months (hazard ratio, 1.69; 95% confidence interval, 0.87 to 3.28) and >2100 mg in 6 months (hazard ratio, 1.59; 95% confidence interval, 0.73 to 3.46).Among patients on incident dialysis, receipt of ≤ 1050 mg intravenous iron in 3 months or 2100 mg in 6 months was not associated with all-cause, cardiovascular, or infection-related mortality. However, nonstatistically significant findings suggested the possibility of infection-related mortality with receipt of >1050 mg in 3 months or >2100 mg in 6 months. Randomized clinical trials are needed to assess the safety of exposure to greater cumulative intravenous iron doses.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Miskulin, DC; Tangri, N; Bandeen-Roche, K; Zhou, J; McDermott, A; Meyer, KB; Ephraim, PL; Michels, WM; Jaar, BG; Crews, DC; Scialla, JJ; Sozio, SM; Shafi, T; Wu, AW; Cook, C; Boulware, LE; Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DEcIDE) Network Patient Outcomes in End Stage Renal Disease Study Investigators,

Published Date

  • November 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 1930 - 1939

PubMed ID

  • 25318751

Pubmed Central ID

  • 25318751

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1555-905X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1555-9041

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2215/CJN.03370414


  • eng