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Table 2 The primary causes of hospital admission in the last month for dialysis patients with cancer (DC group) and without cancer (D group) during 2006–2011

From: Comparison of medical outcomes and health care costs at the end of life between dialysis patients with and without cancer: a national population-based study

Variables Total D group
n (%)
DC group
n (%)
p value
Total 1177 1028 (87.3%) 149 (12.7%)  
Myocardial infarction 82 (7.0%) 77 (7.5%) 5 (3.4%) 0.083
Congestive heart failure 110 (9.3%) 103 (10.0%) 7 (4.7%) 0.035
PAOD 50 (4.2%) 48 (4.7%) 2 (1.3%) 0.078
COPD 52 (4.4%) 39 (3.8%) 13 (8.7%) 0.016
Pneumonia 229 (19.5%) 202 (19.6%) 27 (18.1%) 0.740
Sepsis 357 (30.3%) 306 (29.8%) 51 (34.2%) 0.294
Potassium imbalancea 46 (3.9%) 42 (4.1%) 4 (2.7%) 0.504
  1. Abbreviations: COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, PAOD peripheral arterial occlusive disease
  2. aPotassium imbalance includes hyperkalemia or hypokalemia