Fibroblast growth factor 23 and risk of CKD progression in children

Anthony A. Portale, Myles S. Wolf, Shari Messinger, Farzana Perwad, Harald Jüppner, Bradley A. Warady, Susan L. Furth, Isidro B. Salusky

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Background and objectives Plasma fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) concentrations increase early in the course of CKD in children. High FGF23 levels associate with progression of CKD in adults. Whether FGF23 predicts CKD progression in children is unknown. Design, setting, participants, & measurements We tested the hypothesis that high plasma FGF23 is an independent risk factor for CKD progression in 419 children, aged 1–16 years, enrolled in the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD) cohort study. We measured plasma FGF23 concentrations at baseline and determined GFR annually using plasma disappearance of iohexol or the CKiD study estimating equation. We analyzed the association of baseline FGF23 with risk of progression to the composite end point, defined as start of dialysis or kidney transplantation or 50% decline from baseline GFR, adjusted for demographics, baseline GFR, proteinuria, other CKD-specific factors, and other mineral metabolites. Results At enrollment, median age was 11 years [interquartile range (IQR), 8–15], GFR was 44 ml/min per 1.73 m2 (IQR, 33–57), and FGF23 was 132 RU/ml (IQR, 88–200). During a median follow-up of 5.5 years (IQR, 3.5–6.6), 32.5% of children reached the progression end point. Higher FGF23 concentrations were independently associated with higher risk of the composite outcome (fully adjusted hazard ratio, 2.52 in the highest versus lowest FGF23 tertile; 95% confidence interval, 1.44 to 4.39, P=0.002; fully adjusted hazard ratio, 1.33 per doubling of FGF23; 95% confidence interval, 1.13 to 1.56, P=0.001). The time to progression was 40% shorter for participants in the highest compared with the lowest FGF23 tertile. In contrast, serum phosphorus, vitamin D metabolites, and parathyroid hormone did not consistently associate with progression in adjusted analyses. Conclusions High plasma FGF23 is an independent risk factor for CKD progression in children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1989-1998
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2016


  • CKiD
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Demography
  • Fibroblast Growth Factors
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Minerals
  • Phosphorus
  • Renal Insufficiency, Chronic
  • Vitamin D
  • adult
  • child
  • chronic kidney disease
  • cohort studies
  • fibroblast growth factor 23
  • glomerular filtration rate
  • humans
  • iohexol
  • kidney
  • kidney transplantation
  • mineral metabolism
  • parathyroid hormone
  • progression of chronic renal failure
  • proteinuria
  • renal dialysis
  • risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Transplantation


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