Red blood cell transfusion, hyperkalemia, and heart failure in advanced chronic kidney disease.

@article{Gill2015RedBC,
  title={Red blood cell transfusion, hyperkalemia, and heart failure in advanced chronic kidney disease.},
  author={Karminder S Gill and Jeffrey C. Fink and David T. Gilbertson and Keri L. Monda and Paul Muntner and Richard A. Lafayette and Jeffrey Petersen and Glenn M. Chertow and Brian D. Bradbury},
  journal={Pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety},
  year={2015},
  volume={24 6},
  pages={654-62}
}
PURPOSE In recent years, the use of red blood cell (RBC) transfusion for the treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD)-related anemia has increased. We used the OptumInsight medical claims database to study the association between receiving a transfusion and hyperkalemia and heart failure events. METHODS Persons 18-64 years of age with diagnosed stage 4 or 5 CKD (not requiring dialysis) between 2006 and 2010 were followed until their first hospitalization or emergency room visit with a… CONTINUE READING
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