Phosphate and Prevention of Renal Failure

  • Allen C. Alfrey
  • Robert C. Tomford


When a critical level of renal functional deterioration has occurred from a variety of different renal diseases, there is almost invariable progression to total loss of renal function. Ahlmen1 found that the median time for renal impairment to progress to end-stage disease after the plasma creatinine had increased to 5 mg/dl was six months in patients with diabetic nephropathy, ten months in patients with glomerulonephritis, and 14 months in patients with nonobstructive pyelonephritis.


Plasma Creatinine Crescentic Glomerulonephritis Phosphorus Restriction Phosphate Restriction Plasma Creatinine Level 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Allen C. Alfrey
    • 1
    • 2
  • Robert C. Tomford
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of NephrologyVeterans Administration HospitalDenverUSA
  2. 2.Department of MedicineUniversity of Colorado School of MedicineDenverUSA
  3. 3.Department of MedicineVeterans Administration Medical CenterDenverUSA

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