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All patients provided informed consent prior to participation in the present study.
This study was approved by the hospital ethics review committee (#1745 of Osaka City University Hospital).
Eiji Ishimura, MD, Ph DDepartment of Nephrology, Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine, 1-4-3, Asahi-machi, Abeno-ku, Osaka 545-8585 (Japan)Tel.
816 6645 3806, Fax 81 6 6645 3808, E-Mail [email protected] Background/Aim: The aim of the present study was to quantitatively examine factors associated with aortic calcification in non-dialysis CKD patients.
This is partly due to the fact that there are no well-established methods for the quantitative evaluation of aortic calcification.
All CKD patients in the present study were followed regularly by nephrologists of Osaka City University Hospital for the treatment of CKD, and were admitted to the Hospital, for treatment and education of CKD.
Thus, various factors have also been considered to be associated with vascular calcification .
In hemodialysis patients, vascular calcification is often present, and is present at the initiation of dialysis therapy, suggesting that vascular calcification progresses during non-dialysis CKD [13,14].
The assay detected 5-4000 pg/ml of intact PTH, with intra- and interassay coefficients of variation were 2.93 and 3.25%, respectively .
Patients were scanned in the supine position in the craniocaudal direction, using a 64-slice CT scanner (Somatom Sensation 64; Siemens Medical Solutions, Forchheim, Germany), in which images were obtained with a 3 mm single slice thickness.