• Luciana Carmen NITOI “Dunărea de Jos” University, Galati, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy
  • Lavinia Alexandra MOROIANU “Dunărea de Jos” University, Galati, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy


Anemia is one of the most important complications of end stage renal disease. Aim: To evaluate the prevalence of uremic anemia (UA) and its impact on quality of life (QoL) in hemodialysis (HD) patients. Material and methods: We performed a one-month (October 2015) prospective cross-sectional observational study in a single hemodialysis unit in Romania which included a total of 243 patients on regular three hemodialysis sessions per week. QoL was measured using a RAND 36-Item Short Form Health Survey (version 1.0). Blood samples (hematocrit, hemoglobin, ferritin, transferrin saturation, C-reactive protein) were collected before HD session. Results: The prevalence of UA in our study was 61.3%. Mean serum hemoglobin was 10.86±1.46 g/dL and its level had not a significant impact on any of the SF-36 scales. Conclusions: Our study shows lower scores in all QoL domains in the presence of UA, but only by up to 7 units. This finding inconsistent with other studies is probably due to the fact that in our study the recorded serum ferritin, transferrin saturation and hemoglobin levels were within the reference range recommended by Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes guidelines, levels rarely associated with adverse events in people with kidney disease.

Author Biographies

Luciana Carmen NITOI, “Dunărea de Jos” University, Galati, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy

Clinical Medical Department

Lavinia Alexandra MOROIANU, “Dunărea de Jos” University, Galati, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy

Clinical Medical Department


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