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Abstract: FR-PO179

The Impact of Hyperuricemia on Kidney Failure and Mortality in a Multi-center CKD Cohort: An Instrumental Variable Analysis

Session Information

Category: CKD (Non-Dialysis)

  • 1901 CKD (Non-Dialysis): Epidemiology, Risk Factors, and Prevention


  • Kim, Yong Chul, SNUH, Seoul, Korea (the Republic of)
  • An, Jung Nam, Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center, Seoul, SEOUL, Korea (the Republic of)
  • Kim, Dong Ki, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea (the Republic of)
  • Lim, Chun Soo, Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center, Seoul, SEOUL, Korea (the Republic of)
  • Kim, Yon Su, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea (the Republic of)
  • Lee, Jung Pyo, Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center, Seoul, SEOUL, Korea (the Republic of)

Hyperuricemia is an independent risk factor for mortality, cardiovascular disease, and renal disease in general population. However, the relationship between hyperuricemia with kidney failure and death in chronic kidney disease (CKD) remains controversial.


The study investigated the association between uric acid with all-cause mortality, end stage renal disease (ESRD) in 42,253 CKD patients in a multi-center cohort from 2001 to 2016. We used the regional prevalence of hyperuricemia (uric acid ≥ 6.8 mg/dL) as an instrument to test our hypothesis that hyperuricemia is associated with ESRD and mortality.


In all subjects, the mean uric acid level was 5.4 ± 1.8 mg/dL. During a median year follow-up, there were 3,556 (8.42%) of renal failure and 5,094 (12.06%) of death in this cohort. Using an instrumental variable analysis after adjusting confounders such as age, diabetes, hypertension and estimated GFR (eGFR), we found evidence suggesting a causal relationship between hyperuricemia and increased risk of all-cause mortality (HR 3.131, 95% CI 2.043-4.797, P < 0.001). This tendency was consistent regardless of gender (male: HR 2.270, 95% CI 1.338-3.851, P = 0.002, female: HR 2.656, 95% CI 1.459-4.834, P = 0.001). On the contrary, higher uric acid concentrations were independently associated with reduced risk for kidney failure in the entire participants (HR 0.539, 95% CI 0.318-0.915, P = 0.022), especially in patients with reduced renal functions (eGFR below 30, HR 0.189, 95% CI 0.098-0.366, P < 0.001).


Instrumental variable analysis supports that uric acid concentration is an independent risk factor for all-cause mortality, while hyperuricemia might have protective effect for ESRD, especially in reduced renal function.