The clinical characteristics and treatment of patients with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) after initiating chronic hemodialysis remain unknown.
We retrospectively enrolled 11 adult patients with AAV receiving chronic hemodialysis in our hospital from 2000–2016. We collected data describing each patient's clinical findings and treatment before and after initiating hemodialysis. Patients with AAV with and without post-hemodialysis AAV relapse were compared statistically.
The average observation period was 6.8 ± 4.1 years, and the interval between diagnosis and initiating chronic hemodialysis was 1.9 ± 2.6 years. Before initiating chronic hemodialysis, five patients (45%) experienced 12 AAV relapses, with diagnoses made serologically or symptomatically. After initiating chronic hemodialysis, four patients experienced nine relapses, with no significant difference between the number of relapses and the number of patients experiencing relapse (p = 0.067 and 0.083, respectively). For patients' entire clinical courses before initiating chronic hemodialysis, the average steroid dose was 11.6 ± 6.9 g/y. Comparing before and after initiating chronic hemodialysis, the steroid dose decreased significantly to 3.3 ± 1.4 g/y after initiating chronic hemodialysis (p = 0.0012). Two of 11 patients died of serious infections after initiating chronic hemodialysis.
Our results showed that the number of relapses tended to be lower despite a significantly different lower amount of steroid after initiating hemodialysis compared with before initiating hemodialysis, and the burn-out phenomenon specific to uremic patients was inferred. We believe that early tapering of steroids should be considered to avoid death rather than focusing only on relapse.
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Miyabe, Y., Karasawa, K., Takabe, T. et al. Long-term follow-up characteristics of patients with anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) receiving chronic hemodialysis at a single center. Clin Exp Nephrol 24, 136–142 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10157-019-01799-2
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