The impact of serum uric acid reduction on renal function and blood pressure in chronic kidney disease patients with hyperuricemia

Takayuki Tsuji, Kazuhisa Ohishi, Asumi Takeda, Daiki Goto, Taichi Sato, Naro Ohashi, Yoshihide Fujigaki, Akihiko Kato, Hideo Yasuda
Clinical and Experimental Nephrology 2018, 22 (6): 1300-1308

BACKGROUND: Febuxostat is tolerable in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients with hyperuricemia. However, the long-term effect of lowering uric acid with febuxostat on renal function and blood pressure has not been elucidated.

METHODS: This was a 2 years retrospective observational study. 86 CKD patients with hyperuricemia who continued with allopurinol (allopurinol group, n = 30), switched from allopurinol to febuxostat (switched group, n = 25), or were newly prescribed febuxostat (febuxostat group, n = 31) were included in this study. Serum uric acid, estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), blood pressure, and urinary protein were analyzed. Moreover, the impact of serum uric acid reduction on renal function and blood pressure was assessed.

RESULTS: Serum uric acid in the switched and febuxostat groups was significantly reduced at 6 months (switched group; 8.49 ± 1.32-7.19 ± 1.14 mg/dL, p < 0.0001, febuxostat group; 9.43 ± 1.63-6.31 ± 0.90 mg/dL, p < 0.0001). In the allopurinol group, serum uric acid was increased (6.86 ± 0.87-7.10 ± 0.85 mg/dL, p = 0.0213). eGFR was significantly increased (35.2 ± 12.8-37.3 ± 13.9 mL/min/1.73 m2 , p = 0.0232), while mean arterial pressure (93.1 ± 10.8-88.2 ± 9.5 mmHg, p = 0.0039) was significantly decreased at 6 months in the febuxostat group, resulting in the retention of eGFR for 2 years.

CONCLUSIONS: The impact of serum uric acid reduction might have beneficial effects on CKD progression and blood pressure. However, a large prospective study is needed to determine the long-term efficacy of febuxostat therapy in CKD patients with hyperuricemia.

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