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Table 2 Clinical characteristics of chronic dialysis therapy for undocumented-uninsured patients in comparison with age-matched insured patients

From: Care of undocumented-uninsured immigrants in a large urban dialysis unit

Clinical Characteristics Undocumented-Uninsured (n = 15) Insured (n = 77)
Length of dialysis therapy (mean; median) 2.3; 1.5 2.8; 2.0
Vascular access (%)   
A-V fistula 0 (0%) 58 (75%)
A-V graft 0 (0%) 2 (3%)
TCC 15 (100%) 17 (22%)
TCC- associated infections (episodes per 1000 HD therapy) 2.4 ± 1.8 2.0 ± 1.5
Initial hemoglobin levels (g/dL)* 8.5 + 1.7 10.8 ± 1.6
Initial Albumin levels (g/L)* 34.4 ± 4.9 37.5 ± 5.6
Initial PTH levels (pg/ml) 559.6 ± 494.5 336 ± 302
Hemoglobin levels during follow-up (g/dL)* 8.7 ± 1.3 11.0 ± 1.2
Albumin levels during follow-up (g/L)* 33.8 ± 4.8 37.7 ± 3.9
PTH levels during follow-up (pg/ml) 793.0 ± 620.2 577.4 ± 409.2
CRP levels during follow-up (mg/L) 4.1 ± 12.5 ** 2.9 + 10.9
KT/V 1.31 ± 0.16 1.31 ± 0.25
Skipped treatments (%) 0.4 ± 1.3 0.1 ± 0.4
  1. Abbreviations: A-V, arteriovenous; CRP, C-reactive protein; HD, hemodialysis; PTH, parathyroid hormone; SD, standard deviation; TCC, tunneled cuffed catheter; * P < 0.05; ** CRP levels obtained routinely for 11 undocumented-uninsured patients and 74 insured patients.