Article

Chronic kidney disease stage 5 as the prognostic complement of International Staging System for multiple myeloma.

Division of Hematology and Oncology, Department of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan.
European Journal Of Haematology (Impact Factor: 2.41). 02/2012; 88(2):159-66. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0609.2011.01717.x
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT Reversal of renal impairment (RI) in patients with multiple myeloma (MM) has been evaluated using the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR(MDRD) ) formula developed by the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease study group. However, the prognostic impact of eGFR(MDRD) at diagnosis of MM is not well studied, particularly its use in conjunction with the International Staging System (ISS).
Newly diagnosed patients with MM were enrolled between 1996 and 2007. Data on clinical features, laboratory tests, and overall survival were compared in terms of corresponding eGFR(MDRD).
A total of 387 patients with MM (median age, 71 yr) were enrolled. At diagnosis, 56% had ISS stage III disease; the median values of serum creatinine (SCr) and eGFR(MDRD) were 1.4 mg/dL and 38.2 mL/min/1.73 m(2) , respectively. Thirty-four percent of patients had SCr of ≥ 2.0 mg/dL, and 81.2% had chronic kidney disease stages 3-5 (CKD 3-5). Higher CKD stages were significantly more common in men, older patients (≥ 65 yr), and those with Durie-Salmon and ISS stage III, light-chain diseases, anemia, thrombocytopenia, hypercalcemia, elevated serum β(2) microglobulin, or lactate dehydrogenase. In the Cox regression model, CKD 4-5 or CKD 5 alone was independently associated with poor survival. A diagnosis of CKD 5 was shown to be useful in identifying the subgroup of ISS-III patients at high risk - those with a median overall survival of 7.2 months.
Our study demonstrates the prognostic impact of eGFR(MDRD) in patients with MM and CKD 5 as the ISS-independent surrogate predictor of poorest prognosis.

0 Bookmarks
 · 
192 Views
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Myeloma kidney (cast nephropathy) causing severe acute kidney injury occurs in up to 10% of patients with multiple myeloma. The lesion is caused by exposure of the kidneys to high serum levels of free clonal immunoglobulin light chains (LCs) and is associated with very high morbidity and mortality. The current focus on the management of this complication is on early and aggressive treatment to rapidly reduce the serum levels of the immunoglobulin LC clone and protect the kidneys from continuing injury. This has promoted intense interest in the role of direct (extracorporeal) removal of free LCs from serum by plasma exchange or high cut-off (protein permeable) hemodialysis. However, it remains uncertain whether direct removal provides an additional measurable clinical benefit over the current standard of care; rapid institution of treatment with a dexamethasone- and bortezomib-based chemotherapy regime. In this article, we review the rationale for direct removal of free LCs and the current clinical evidence base for plasma exchange and high cut-off hemodialysis.
    Advances in chronic kidney disease 09/2012; 19(5):324-32. · 2.42 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Type 2 diabetes mellitus is present in approximately 10% of patients at diagnosis of multiple myeloma (MM) and is associated with increased risks of adverse events caused by novel antimyeloma agents. However, the impact of type 2 diabetes on the survival of patients with MM has not been studied. We enrolled newly diagnosed patients with MM in Taipei Veterans General Hospital between 1999 and 2007 and identified those with pre-existing diabetes. The impact of pre-existing diabetes on patients with MM was evaluated by comparing clinical features, treatments and adverse reactions related to glycaemic control and overall survival (OS) of patients with and without pre-existing diabetes. Of 310 patients with MM, 73% were men and 40 (12.9%) had pre-existing diabetes. Compared with their non-diabetic counterparts, MM patients with pre-existing diabetes had a significantly higher proportion of renal impairment [(RI), serum creatinine ≥2.0 mg/dL] and International Staging System stage III at diagnosis, and a significantly lower proportion of bisphosphonate use and a lower rate of RI reversal (P = 0.087). During the course of the disease, hyperglycaemia and hypoglycaemia of any grade were noted in 23 (67.6%) and 6 (17.6%) of these patients, respectively. Antidiabetic therapy was changed in 10 (29.4%) of 34 evaluable patients. MM patients with pre-existing diabetes had a significantly higher all-cause mortality risk (hazard ratio, 1.509; 95% confidence interval, 1.023-2.225, P = 0.037) compared with their non-diabetic counterparts. Our study demonstrated the impact of pre-existing diabetes on clinical features and OS in patients with MM.
    European Journal Of Haematology 07/2012; 89(4):320-7. · 2.41 Impact Factor