A population-based case-crossover study of polyethylene glycol use and acute renal failure risk in the elderly

Nam Kyong Choi, Yoosoo Chang, Sun Young Jung, Yu Kyong Choi, Joongyub Lee, Jin Ho Lee, Ju Young Kim, Byung Joo Park

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AIM: To evaluate the possibility of an association between polyethylene glycol (PEG) and acute renal failure (ARF) in elderly patients using a health insurance claims database. METHODS: We conducted a population-based casecrossover study using information obtained from Korean Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service (HIRA) claims from January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2005 (Seoul, Korea). The study population consisted of elderly patients who received PEG prior to experiencing their first ARF-related hospitalization from April 1, 2005 to December 31, 2005. For each patient, one case and two control periods were matched. PEG use in a 2- or 4-wk window period prior to hospitalization for ARF was compared with PEG use in two earlier 2- or 4-wk control window periods. Conditional logistic regression analysis was used to estimate odds ratios (ORs) and 95% CI, adjusting for concomitant uses of diuretics, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, anti-cancer drugs, and contrast media. RESULTS: Within the HIRA database which contained 1 093 262 elderly patients, 1156 hospitalized ARF cases were identified. Among these cases, PEG was prescribed to 17 (1.5%) patients before hospitalization. The adjusted ORs when applying the 2- and 4-wk window periods were 0.4 (95% CI: 0.03-5.24) and 2.1 (95% CI: 0.16-27.78), respectively. CONCLUSION: No increased risk of ARF was found in elderly PEG users. However, based on the limited number of study subjects, further analysis should be performed to confirm these results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)651-656
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 7 Feb 2011


  • Acute renal failure
  • Adverse drug reaction
  • Case-crossover
  • Health insurance claims database
  • Polyethylene glycol


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