Only half of kidney failure patients currently receive the treatment, more research needed
The administration of intravenous vitamin D appears to significantly improve the survival of patients on dialysis, according to a study that will be published in the April Journal of the American Society of Nephrology and has been released ahead of print on the journals website. Vitamin D injections are currently recommended only for dialysis patients with elevated levels of parathyroid hormone, but the report from a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)-based research group suggests that the treatment might help most dialysis patients live longer.
"Weve been administering vitamin D injections for decades, but the potential benefit on survival has never been studied," says Ravi Thadhani, MD, MPH, director of clinical research in MGH Nephrology, the studys senior author. "This finding was a surprise and should force us to think more broadly about who should be treated."
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