Table 1.

Baseline characteristics of the patients

CharacteristicValue
No. of patients152
Gender (M:F)81:71
Age (yr)52.3 ± 13.5
Duration of dialysis (mo)39.3 ± 29.7
Body height (m)1.60 ± 0.08
Body weight (kg)60.1 ± 11.2
Diagnosis (n [%])
    glomerulonephritis42 (27.6)
    diabetes38 (25.0)
    hypertension16 (10.5)
    polycystic6 (3.9)
    obstruction9 (5.9)
    other/unknown41 (27.3)
Major comorbidity (n [%])
    coronary heart disease32 (21.1)
    congestive heart failure43 (28.3)
    peripheral vascular disease9 (5.9)
    cerebrovascular disease20 (13.2)
    dementia10 (6.6)
    chronic pulmonary disease1 (0.7)
    connective tissue disorder9 (5.9)
    peptic ulcer disease12 (7.9)
    mild liver disease22 (14.5)
    diabetes9 (5.9)
    hemiplegia20 (13.2)
    diabetes with end-organ damage38 (25.0)
    any tumor, leukemia, lymphoma11 (7.2)
    moderate or severe liver disease2 (1.3)
    metastatic solid tumour0
    AIDS0
Charlson comorbidity score4.7 ± 2.1