In the era of antiretroviral therapy, non-AIDS complications such as kidney disease are important contributors to morbidity and mortality.
To estimate the impact of hepatitis C co-infection on the risk of kidney disease in HIV patients.
Two investigators identified English-language citations in MEDLINE and Web of Science from 1989 through July 1, 2007. References of selected articles were reviewed. Observational studies and clinical trials of HIV-related kidney disease and antiretroviral nephrotoxicity were eligible if they included at least 50 participants and reported hepatitis C status. Data on study characteristics, population, and kidney disease outcomes were abstracted by two independent reviewers.
After screening 2,516 articles, twenty-seven studies were eligible and 24 authors confirmed or provided data. Separate meta-analyses were performed for chronic kidney disease outcomes (n=10), proteinuria (n=4), acute renal failure (n=2), and indinavir toxicity (n=5). The pooled incidence of chronic kidney disease was higher in patients with hepatitis C co-infection (6.2% versus 4.0%; RR 1.49, 95% CI 1.08–2.06). In meta-regression, prevalence of black race and the proportion of patients with documented hepatitis C status were independently associated with the risk of chronic kidney disease. The relative risk associated with hepatitis C co-infection was significantly increased for proteinuria (1.15; 95% CI 1.02–1.30) and acute renal failure (1.64; 95% CI 1.21–2.23), with no significant statistical heterogeneity. The relative risk of indinavir toxicity was 1.59 (95% CI 0.99–2.54) with Hepatitis C co-infection.
Hepatitis C co-infection is associated with a significant increase in the risk of HIV-related kidney disease.