Paricalcitol and cardiorenal outcome: from the IMPACT study to clinical practice.Blood Purif. 2013; 36(1):12-6.BP
Chronic kidney disease mineral bone disorders (CKD-MBD) encompass laboratory, vascular and bone abnormalities that might portend a poor prognosis in CKD. In spite of a great effort in elucidating the CKD-MBD natural history and pathogenesis, the underlying mechanisms are still largely unknown. However, a deficit in vitamin D is commonly reported as one of the first steps in CKD-MBD, and numerous epidemiological studies have associated serum vitamin D levels with different markers of cardiovascular disease and the risk of death in different populations. We herein summarize current evidence that links vitamin D deficiency to an adverse outcome and the results of the most recent clinical trials that have investigated the impact of paricalcitol supplementation on hard outcome in CKD patients.