Intravenous iron exposure and mortality in patients on hemodialysis

Dana C. Miskulin, Navdeep Tangri, Karen Bandeen-Roche, Jing Zhou, Aidan McDermott, Klemens B. Meyer, Patti L. Ephraim, Wieneke M. Michels, Bernard G. Jaar, Deidra C. Crews, Julia J. Scialla, Stephen M. Sozio, Tariq Shafi, Albert W. Wu, Courtney Cook, L. Ebony Boulware

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Background and objectives 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. Design, setting, participants, & measurements 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. Results 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.1050mg intravenous iron in 3 months (hazard ratio, 1.69; 95%confidence interval, 0.87 to 3.28) and.2100mg in 6 months (hazard ratio, 1.59; 95% confidence interval, 0.73 to 3.46). Conclusions 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1930-1939
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Transplantation
  • Epidemiology
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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Miskulin, D. C., Tangri, N., Bandeen-Roche, K., Zhou, J., McDermott, A., Meyer, K. B., Ephraim, P. L., Michels, W. M., Jaar, B. G., Crews, D. C., Scialla, J. J., Sozio, S. M., Shafi, T., Wu, A. W., Cook, C., & Boulware, L. E. (2015). Intravenous iron exposure and mortality in patients on hemodialysis. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 9(11), 1930-1939.