© The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of ERA-EDTA. All rights reserved. Background: Activation of fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR)-dependent signalling by FGF23 may contribute to the complex pathogenesis of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) in chronic kidney disease (CKD). Pan FGFR blockade by PD173074 prevented development of LVH in the 5/6 nephrectomy rat model of CKD, but its ability to treat and reverse established LVH is unknown. Methods: CKD was induced in rats by 5/6 nephrectomy. Two weeks later, rats began treatment with vehicle (0.9% NaCl) or PD173074, 1 mg/kg once-daily for 3 weeks. Renal function was determined by urine and blood analyses. Left ventricular (LV) structure and function were determined by echocardiography, histopathology, staining for myocardial fibrosis (Sirius-Red) and investigating cardiac gene expression profiles by real-time PCR. Results: Two weeks after inducing CKD by 5/6 nephrectomy, rats manifested higher (mean ± SEM) systolic blood pressure (208 ± 4 versus 139 ± 3 mmHg; P < 0.01), serum FGF23 levels (1023 ± 225 versus 199 ± 9 pg/mL; P < 0.01) and LV mass (292 ± 9 versus 220 ± 3 mg; P < 0.01) when compared with sham-operated animals. Thereafter, 3 weeks of treatment with PD173074 compared with vehicle did not significantly change blood pressure, kidney function or metabolic parameters, but significantly reduced LV mass (230 ± 14 versus 341 ± 33 mg; P<0.01), myocardial fibrosis (2.5 ±0.7 versus 5.4 ±0.95% staining/field; P<0.01) and cardiac expression of genes associated with pathological LVH, while significantly increasing ejection fraction (18 versus 2.5% post-treatment increase; P< 0.05). Conclusions: FGFR blockade improved cardiac structure and function in 5/6 nephrectomy rats with previously established LVH. These data support FGFR activation as a potentially modifiable, blood pressure-independent molecular mechanism of LVH in CKD.