Korean J Pediatr.  2014 Mar;57(3):135-139. 10.3345/kjp.2014.57.3.135.

Outcomes of chronic dialysis in Korean children with respect to survival rates and causes of death

  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Seoul National University Children's Hospital, Seoul, Korea. ilsooha@snu.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, Jeju National University Hospital, Jeju, Korea.
  • 3Department of Pediatrics, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.
  • 4Department of Pediatrics, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 5Kidney Research Institute, Medical Research Center, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


Adult Korean patients on chronic dialysis have a 9-year survival rate of 50%, with cardiovascular problems being the most significant cause of death. The 2011 annual report of the North American Pediatric Renal Trials and Collaborative Studies group reported 3-year survival rates of 93.4% and relatively poorer survival in younger patients.
In this study, we have reviewed data from Korean Pediatric Chronic Kidney Disease Registry from 2002 to 2010 to assess survival rates and causes of death in Korean children on chronic dialysis.
The overall estimated patient survival rates were 98.4%, 94.4%, and 92.1% at 1, 3, and 5 years, respectively. No significant difference was observed in survival rates between patients on peritoneal dialysis and those on hemodialysis. Patients for whom dialysis was initiated before 2 years of age (n=40) had significantly lower survival rates than those for whom dialysis was initiated at 6-11 years of age (n=140). In all, 26 patients had died; the mortality rate was 19.9 per 1,000 patient years. The most common causes of death were infections and comorbidities such as malignancy and central nervous system (CNS) or liver diseases.
The outcomes observed in this study were better than those observed in adults and comparable to those observed in pediatric studies in other countries. To improve the outcomes of children on chronic dialysis, it is necessary to prevent dialysis-related complications such as infection, congestive heart failure, or CNS hemorrhage and best control treatable comorbidities.


Survival; Outcomes; End-stage renal disease; Dialysis; Child

MeSH Terms

Cause of Death*
Central Nervous System
Heart Failure
Kidney Failure, Chronic
Liver Diseases
Peritoneal Dialysis
Renal Dialysis
Renal Insufficiency, Chronic
Survival Rate*
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