Carotid intima-media thickness in children with CKD: results from the CKiD study.

Tammy M. Brady, Michael F. Schneider, Joseph T. Flynn, Christopher Cox, Joshua Samuels, Jeffrey Saland, Colin T. White, Susan Furth, Bradley A. Warady, Mark Mitsnefes

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In adults, increased carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) as assessed by ultrasonography is a valid predictor of cardiovascular events. Children with CKD are known to be at increased cardiovascular risk. This study sought to identify cardiovascular risk factors associated with increased cIMT in children with CKD. This was a cross-sectional analysis of cIMT obtained after 12 months of follow-up of 101 children aged 2-18 years with mild to moderate CKD (median GFR 42.9 ml/min per 1.73 m(2)) in the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children cohort study enrolled between April 2005 and September 2009 and 97 healthy pediatric controls between January 2003 and December 2008. An average of six standardized B-mode ultrasound measurements constituted the overall cIMT measurement. The median cIMT was 0.43 mm (interquartile range, 0.38-0.48) compared with 0.41 mm in healthy controls (P=0.03 for difference). After multivariable adjustment, the median cIMT was 0.02 mm (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.01-0.05) larger than that of the healthy controls. In a multivariable linear regression analysis, dyslipidemia and hypertension were associated with 0.05 mm (95% CI, 0.01-0.08) and 0.04 mm (95% CI, 0.003-0.08) greater mean cIMT, respectively. Body mass index, CKD etiology, GFR, birth weight, pubertal status, calcium, phosphorus, sex, and race were not associated with cIMT. cIMT is significantly elevated among children with CKD, as is the prevalence of other cardiovascular risk factors. Of these risk factors, hypertension and dyslipidemia are significantly associated with increased cIMT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1930-1937
Number of pages8
JournalClinical journal of the American Society of Nephrology : CJASN
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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