Table 1.

Baseline characteristics of the patients

CharacteristicValue
No. of patients155
Gender (M:F)92:63
Age (yr; mean ± SD)56.8 ± 13.9
Duration of dialysis (mo; mean ± SD)34.8 ± 27.6
Body height (m; mean ± SD)1.61 ± 0.10
Body weight (kg; mean ± SD)59.9 ± 10.9
Diagnosis (n [%])
    glomerulonephritis53 (34.2)
    diabetes42 (27.1)
    hypertension8 (5.2)
    polycystic6 (3.9)
    obstruction10 (6.5)
    others/unknown36 (23.2)
Major comorbidity (n [%])
    coronary heart disease33 (21.3)
    congestive heart failure38 (24.5)
    peripheral vascular disease8 (5.2)
    cerebrovascular disease28 (18.1)
    dementia7 (4.5)
    chronic pulmonary disease5 (3.2)
    connective tissue disorder6 (3.9)
    peptic ulcer disease12 (7.7)
    mild liver disease22 (14.2)
    diabetes11 (7.1)
    hemiplegia28 (18.1)
    diabetes with end-organ damage42 (27.1)
    any tumor, leukemia, lymphoma7 (4.5)
    moderate or severe liver disease7 (4.5)
    metastatic solid tumor0
    AIDS0
Charlson index score (mean ± SD)5.4 ± 2.3