Severe periodontal disease (PDD) is present in almost one-quarter of hemodialysis (HD) patients, according to a new study.

The cross-sectional observational study of 263 HD patients revealed that 75% of them had poor periodontal status and 23% had severe PDD, Liliana Garneata, MD, PhD, of the “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania and colleagues reported online in the Journal of Renal Nutrition.

Results showed that smoking and HD duration are the most important determinants for PDD. Elevated C-reactive protein was associated with severe PDD.

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