Which condition is associated with bicarbonate and C-reactive protein levels in patients treated with dialysis?

Updated: Oct 26, 2020
  • Author: Pradeep Arora, MD; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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In the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) III prevalence study, hypoalbuminemia (a marker of protein-energy malnutrition and a powerful predictive marker of mortality in dialysis patients, as well as in the general population) was independently associated with low bicarbonate, as well as with the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein. A study by Raphael et al suggests that higher serum bicarbonate levels are associated with better survival and renal outcomes in African Americans. [33]


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