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Effect of Uric Acid Control on Serum Creatinine

Yamamoto, Ted MD*; Xie, John MD; Li, Zhongze MS; Field, Carey MD§; Block, Clay MD; Taylor, Thomas MD

JCR: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: October 2019 - Volume 25 - Issue 7 - p 279–283
doi: 10.1097/RHU.0000000000000850
Original Articles

Objective Hyperuricemia has been epidemiologically associated with multiple comorbidities including chronic renal failure and cardiovascular disease. Cause and effect are difficult to address, given comorbidities associated with and prevalence of metabolic syndrome. One impediment to achieving serum uric acid (sUa) levels less than or equal to 6.0 mg/DL is the concept that allopurinol might be nephrotoxic. We examined the relation of sUa less than or equal to 6.0 mg/dL to renal function over time.

Methods This is a medical records review study of 348 hyperuricemia patients identified in 2015, as having been followed with serial uric acid measurements. After 1 year of serial urate levels, to allow for treatment, patient cohorts were defined: sUa less than or equal to 6.0 mg/dL and sUa greater than 6.0 mg/dL. A repeated measure model was used to test for an association between uric acid level and serum creatinine, while adjusting for covariates.

Results There was a significant difference in the least square means of serum creatinine comparing those who achieved an sUa less than or equal to 6.0 mg/dL versus sUa greater than 6.0 mg/dL (1.39 mg/dL [95% confidence interval, 1.30–1.48] vs 1.57 mg/dL [95% confidence interval, 1.46–1.69]; p = 0.0015). This is a between-group difference in creatinine of 0.18 mg/dL. If a change in serum creatinine of 0.2 is considered significant, this short-term between-group progression of renal failure approaches clinical significance.

Conclusions Given that most serial measures were within the first few years of follow-up, and change in renal function occurs slowly over time, the between group difference of sUa of 0.18 mg/dL is close to a clinically significant creatinine difference of 0.2 mg/dL.

From the *Department of Medicine, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Biomedical Data Science Department, Dartmouth College, Lebanon, NH

Departments of §Rheumatology


Rheumatology, White River Junction VA, White River Junction, VT.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the US Government.

All authors had access to the data and played a role in writing this manuscript.

Research study protocol, STATA statistical code, and data set, without personal identifiers, available from the corresponding author, Thomas H. Taylor.

This study was reviewed by the Veterans Affairs Research and Development Committee, with ethics review, and received approval from the Dartmouth Medical School Institutional Review Board.

Correspondence: Thomas Taylor, MD, Department of Medicine, White River Junction VA, 215 North Main St, White River Junction, VT 05009. E-mail:

Online date: June 30, 2018

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