The epidemiology of chronic renal failure and provision of renal services in Albania

I H Khan, N Thereska, M Barbullushi, A M MacLeod

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Tirana, the only dialysis facility in Albania (pop 4 million), has a stock of 12 patients and three haemodialysis machines. To determine the need for renal services in Albania we studied the incidence and outcome of patients with chronic renal failure (CRF) referred to the renal service in Tirana (pop 300 000) over 1 year. Case-notes of all patients with a serum creatinine concentration > or = 300 mumol/l during the study period (1992) were examined and outcome at 2 years recorded for each patient. In all, 84 patients (mean age 41.6 +/- 17.5 years, 56% male) were referred to nephrologists of whom 35 (42%) came from Tirana, giving an annual incidence of 116 per million pop. 77% were under 40 and had no co-morbid illness. Glomerulonephritis, the most common renal diagnosis, affected 26% patients. 22% patients (mean age 38 +/- 18.1) died within 2 years and only 5% received dialysis. The mean age of those who received dialysis was 29 +/- 8.3 compared with those who were not dialysed (42 +/- 18.0). The 59 patients (24 from Tirana i.e. 80 per million) who were alive with advanced CRF (creatinine > 500) had a mean creatine of 623 +/- 93 mumol/l and would be candidates for dialysis. Patients with progressive renal failure in Albania are regularly followed and treated with antihypertensives and dietary modification. The need for RRT, however, is not being met even for young patients with no co-morbidity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1751-4
Number of pages4
JournalNephrology Dialysis Transplantation
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 1996


  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Albania
  • Creatinine
  • Developing Countries
  • Education, Medical
  • Female
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Renal Dialysis
  • Renal Replacement Therapy


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