Publication: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SOLUBLE TUMOR NECROSIS FACTOR-LIKE WEAK INDUCER OF APOPTOSIS LEVELS AND CARDIAC FUNCTIONS IN PERITONEAL DIALYSIS PATIENTS
Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-like weak inducer of apoptosis (sTWEAK) levels has been reported to be decreased in patients on hemodialysis (HD) and patients with heart failure. We aimed to study the relationship between sTWEAK levels and cardiac functions in peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients. This cross-sectional study was carried out on patients on chronic PD programs for more than three months. Patients aged under 18 or over 80 years, patients with overt cardiac disease, overt hypervolemia, active systemic infection, malignancy, peritonitis within the last month were excluded. The patient group was compared with the control group including healthy adults aged 24-61 years. Fifty-two PD patients were included in the study (mean age: 52.7 +/- 15.4 years; female/male ratio: 30/22). The corresponding data of the control group were 41.3 +/- 10.7 years and 17/14. There was no statistically significant difference between demographic parameters of the groups except age. The mean sTWEAK level of the patient and the control groups were similar (564 +/- 17 pcg/ml vs 535 +/- 126 pcg/ml, p=0.419). No correlation was detected between any of the demographic variables and sTWEAK levels. Among the echocardiographic parameters, only ejection fraction was found to be correlated negatively with sTWEAK levels. Patients with ischemic heart disease (THD) and heart failure had significantly higher sTWEAK levels compared with the patients without these diseases. With linear regression analysis, only age and the presence of heart failure were found to be the independent determinants of sTWEAK levels. Level of sTWEAK is significantly high in PD patients with heart failure and IHD. sTWEAK may be a marker of cardiac functions in PD patients.