Uric acid levels in chronic kidney disease- a hospital based cross-sectional study in RIMS, Ranchi, Jharkhand

Nivedita ., Abhishek Kumar, Abhishek Sinha, J. K. Mitra, Rashmi Sinha


Background: Uric acid is the final end product of purine metabolism and is excreted mainly by proximal tubules of the kidney. Raised uric acid levels may lead to proximal tubular injury, endothelial dysfunction, oxidative stress and intra renal inflammation in patients with normal renal function. Uric acid has been deemed as an independent risk factor for progression of CKD. Aim was to study the uric acid levels in different stages of chronic kidney disease and its association with age, sex and other co-morbidities.

Methods: 140 patients of chronic kidney disease admitted in RIMS, Ranchi were included in this study and their serum uric acid level were analyzed. Uric acid level more than 7 mg/dl was considered as hyperuricemia. The study was approved by the Institutional Ethics Committee, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India. Informed consent was taken from every patient included in the study.

Results: Median age±SD was 55±13.47 years (IQR: 45,65; Range: 19-80). Mean±SD uric acid levels in stage 3 CKD was 4.4±1.9 mg/dl, stage 4 CKD was 6.5±4.1 mg/dl, stage 5 CKD was 8.8±3.1 mg/dl (p<0.05). Females were 31.4% and males were 69.6%. Male to female ratio was 2.2:1. The prevalence of hyperuricemia was 50% in females and 66.6% in males.

Conclusions: Hyperuricemia is common among CKD patients and more common among males. Uric acid levels increase with progressive decline in eGFR. Monitoring and follow-up of such patients by may lead to delay in onset and progression of complications of CKD.


CKD, Nephropathy, Uric acid

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