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Clinical Nephrology

Patrick Biggar, Frank Leistikow, Andreas Walper
AIMS: The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness, safety, and tolerability of iron isomaltoside in routine practical care of iron deficiency anemia (IDA) in patients with chronic renal failure. METHODS: The study included 698 patients with IDA on dialysis or with nondialysis chronic kidney disease (CKD) stages 3 - 5 designated by their physicians for treatment with iron isomaltoside. Data were recorded at baseline and after 3 and 9 months. Effectiveness data included measurement of hemoglobin (Hb), hematocrit, s-iron, transferrin saturation (TSAT), and s-ferritin...
October 14, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Mercedes Acevedo Ribó, Francisco Javier Ahijado Hormigos, Francisco Díaz, Marta Romero Molina, Maria Angeles Fernandez Rojo, Maria Antonia Garcia Rubiales, Eugenio García Diaz
This case report describes a patient with a previous history of autoimmune pancreatitis secondary to IgG4-related disease, who developed an overt nephrotic syndrome due to membranous nephropathy, surprisingly idiopathic. In all the previously described cases with both concurrent diseases, membranous nephropathy was considered to be secondary to the IgG4-related disease based on the absence of anti-PLA2R1 autoantibodies, and nephrotic syndrome usually remitted after treatment with steroids alone. However, in our patient positivity of serum anti-PLA2R1 autoantibodies together with a normal serum IgG4 level, and the absence of the other most commonly associated diseases were compatible with an idiopathic membranous nephropathy...
October 14, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Supamit Ukarapong, Gary Berkovitz, Kenneth McElreavey, Anu Bashamboo, Yong Bao
Mutation of the Wilms tumor suppressor gene (WT1) has been recognized as one of the etiologies of steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS). The mutation is also responsible for gonadal dysgenesis in 46,XY individuals. Early recognition of the presence of Y chromosome is of particular importance because of the high risk of gonadal tumor. We present here three cases of steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome with WT1 mutation and 46,XY karyotype. Patient 1 and 2 have intron splice site (IVS9+5G > A) mutation...
October 10, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Benjamin Derman, Milli Jain, Elizabeth McAninch, Casey Gashti
A 59-year-old man presented with polyuria and polydipsia immediately following his sixth cycle of rituximab and bendamustine for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He initially compensated by increasing his oral fluid intake at home, but later developed septic shock and was admitted with orders to be kept nil per os (NPO). This prompted an episode of acute hypernatremia during which he exhibited continued polyuria with inappropriately dilute urine. Desmopressin challenge yielded no response in the urine osmolality, indicating a nephrogenic source of his diabetes insipidus (DI)...
October 10, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Pablo Molina, José L Górriz, Sandra Beltrán, Belén Vizcaino, Luis M Pallardó
Although some experimental targets involved in calcium deposition are emerging, no intervention has been described to reliably reverse vascular calcification (VC). We report a case of severe VC regression in a parathyroidectomized patient on hemodialysis over 12-year follow-up, highlighting the use of calcium-free phosphate binders and a 2.5 mEq/L calcium dialysate for reducing calcium loading, despite persistent asymptomatic hypocalcemia occurrences. This case suggests that phosphate-binder choice and calcium dialysate concentration could be influenced by other components of CKD-MBD besides biochemical parameters, such as the presence of VC, so concluding that asymptomatic hypocalcemia may not be as harmful as once supposed, and conferring greater prognostic weight to the presence of VC than to calcium levels...
October 10, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Aya Imafuku, Naoki Sawa, Yoshifumi Ubara, Kenmei Takaichi
Acquired hemophilia A (AHA) is a rare bleeding disorder caused by autoantibodies to coagulation factor VIII (FVIII). AHA onset during the induction of dialysis is extremely rare, and the management of blood access is difficult. We present a case of AHA that developed during induction of dialysis and treatment with double filtration plasmapheresis (DFPP). An 86-year-old man with chronic kidney disease was admitted to our hospital with multiple subcutaneous hemorrhages. Because of his prolonged activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) and high titer of inhibitors to FVIII, he was diagnosed with AHA, and prednisolone treatment was started...
August 22, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Ebun Ladipo Bamgboye
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. This, along with other noncommunicable diseases like hypertension, diabetes, and heart diseases, poses a double burden on a region that is still struggling to cope with the scourge of communicable diseases like malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, and more recently Ebola. Causes of CKD in the region are predominantly glomerulonephritis and hypertension, although type 2 diabetes is also becoming a significant cause as is the retroviral disease...
August 10, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Muzamil Olamide Hassan, Raquel Duarte, Therese Dix-Peek, Ahmed Vachiat, Sagren Naidoo, Caroline Dickens, Sacha Grinter, Pravin Manga, Saraladevi Naicker
BACKGROUND: Fluid overload is common in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients, potentially driving chronic inflammation and left ventricular dysfunction. We investigated the association between volume overload, chronic inflammation, and left ventricular dysfunction across subgroups of CKD patients. METHODS: The study included 160 participants, comprising peritoneal dialysis (PD), hemodialysis (HD), stage-3 CKD patients, and age- and sex-matched controls (40 in each group)...
August 10, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Luis E Morales-Buenrostro
Latin America is a region made up of 33 countries that share many characteristics with each other. Since the first kidney transplant in Argentina in 1957, most of the Latin American countries have had a continuous increase in renal transplant activity, accounting for an increase in the total number of kidney transplants over time. In the last years, several advances have been made in the area of renal transplantation in Latin America: There are transplantation activities in almost all countries, the kidney transplantation rate from deceased donors has steadily increased, and almost all the countries have an appropriate legislation for transplantation activity...
August 10, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Theophilus I Umeizudike, Jacob O Awobusuyi, Christiana O Amira, Taslim B Bello, Monica O Mabayoje, Adebowale O Adekoya, Olufemi O Adelowo, Mumuni A Amisu
BACKGROUND: The burden of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Nigeria is quite alarming. The prevalence of CKD ranges from 11 - 23.5%. Hypertension and chronic glomerulonephritis (CGN) remain the two leading causes of CKD in Nigeria. The etiology of CKD in many of these patients remains unknown, as few biopsies are done. In order to demystify the various glomerular diseases that culminate in CGN, performing a kidney biopsy offers a ray of hope. Few studies on renal biopsies have emanated from Nigeria; this study, however, is unique as the histopathological analysis involves light, immunofluorescence, and electron microscopies...
August 10, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Fatiu A Arogundade, Muzamil O Hassan, Bolanle A Omotoso, Stephen O Oguntola, Oluyomi O Okunola, Abubakr A Sanusi, Adewale Akinsola
Kidney diseases have assumed epidemic proportions in both developed and developing countries, particularly chronic kidney disease (CKD). While treatment modalities are available and accessible in developed economies with improvement in outcomes, survival, and quality of life, they are either unavailable or inaccessible in nations with emerging economies, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), with an attendant worsening outcome and survival for CKD patients. The epidemiology of CKD in SSA has revealed that it preferentially affects adults in their economically productive years, usually below the age of 50 years, with consequent drain on the economy...
August 10, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Mayoor V Prabhu, Arun S, Venkat Ramesh
INTRODUCTION: In the tropics, the triad of fever, thrombocytopenia, and AKI portends a grim prognosis with high mortality and a severe strain on already-stretched resources. Malaria, dengue, and leptospirosis account for most cases. We undertook a review of cases to determine factors accounting for adverse prognosis. METHODS: All patients presenting to the emergency room (ER) with a history of fever, thrombocytopenia, and renal failure were included in the study...
August 10, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Opeyemi Olabisi, Khaldoun Al-Romaih, Joel Henderson, Ritu Tomar, Iain Drummond, Calum MacRae, Martin Pollak
BACKGROUND: Risk variant Apolipoprotein L1 (G1/G2) are strongly associated with a spectrum of kidney disease in people of recent African descent. The mechanism of ApoL1 nephropathy is unknown. Podocytes and/or endothelial cells are the presumed target kidney cells. Given the close homology in structure and function of zebrafish (ZF) pronephros and human nephron, we studied the effect of podocyte-specific or endothelium-specific expression of ApoL1 (G0, G1, or G2) on the structure and function of ZF pronephros...
August 10, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Guillermo Rosa-Diez, María Gonzalez-Bedat, Alejandro Ferreiro, Guillermo García-García, Juan Fernandez-Cean, Walter Douthat
INTRODUCTION: End-stage renal disease (ESRD) represents a major challenge for Latin America (LA). Epidemiological information needed to assist in the development of ESRD care in the region. The Latin American Dialysis and Renal Transplant Registry (RLADTR), has published several reports and its continuity has implied a sustained effort of the entire LA Nephrology community. This paper summarizes the results corresponding to year 2012. METHODS: Our methods have been reported previously...
August 10, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Keith C Norris, Kowdle S Prabhakar, Lawrence Agodoa, Guillermo García-García
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August 10, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
John Feehally
ISN (the International Society of Nephrology) is a global organization with more than 9,000 members in 130 countries. The ISN's mission is to "advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of kidney diseases in the developing and developed world". ISN delivers this mission in low-resource settings through its five education and training programs available exclusively to low- and middle-income countries. These programs are designed to enable sustainable growth in capacity in nephrology and related disciplines to provide the basis for the improvement of care for kidney patients worldwide...
August 10, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Daijo Inaguma, Hibiki Shinjo, Akihito Tanaka, Eri Ito, Naoki Kamegai, Akiko Kato, Minami Mizutani, Hiroya Shimogushi, Yasuhiro Otsuka, Asami Takeda, Midori Hasegawa, Yukio Yuzawa
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the correlation between serum 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25D) levels and left atrial diameter (LAD) using echocardiography in pre-dialysis chronic kidney disease (CKD). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: From an initial population of 487 patients (109 met the exclusion criteria), a total of 378 patients with CKD stage 3a - 5 who had not undergone dialysis or kidney transplantation were included in the study. The relationship between serum 1,25D levels and LAD was examined...
November 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Jonathan Owen, Vaughan Washco, Efrain Reisin
Sphingomonas paucimobilis is an uncommon source of peritonitis in patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis (PD). Although only a small number of cases have been reported, treatment failure rate is extremely high, with removal of the peritoneal dialysis catheter noted in ~ 50% of reported cases. The potential damage to the peritoneal membrane from peritonitis with this organism and the ability to return to PD after infection is unknown. We report a unique case in which a patient was able to successfully return to PD after relapsing Sphingomonas paucimobilis peritonitis, without apparent effects to dialysis clearance or ultrafiltration...
November 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Muzafar Wani, Imtiaz Wani, Khurshid Banday, Mohd Ashraf
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D deficiency is highly prevalent in Indian Kashmir. Many people get injectable vitamin D (600,000 IU/injection). At times, the dose prescribed is far above the permissible limit. We report 62 patients with malpractice-related vitamin D intoxication, presenting with hypercalcemia and acute kidney injury (AKI). METHODS: The diagnosis was made on basis of (1) history of multiple intramuscular vitamin D injections (2) toxic serum levels of 25-OH vitamin D and (3) exclusion of common causes of hypercalcemia (malignancy and hyperparathyroidism)...
November 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Keng Thye Woo, Cynthia C Lim, Marjorie W Y Foo, Hwai L Loh, Ai Zhen Jin, Yok Mooi Chin, Jason C J Choo, Puay Hoon Tan, Khuan Yew Chow, Lina H L Choong, Han Khim Tan, Kok Seng Wong, Choong Meng Chan
BACKGROUND: In 1985 we reported that 11% of a cohort of 151 patients with IgA nephritis (IgAN) had developed end-stage renal disease (ESRD) after a follow-up period of 5 years. 15 years later, 35% had developed ESRD. METHODS: We retrieved 125 stored renal biopsy paraffin blocks of the original cohort. From these, 102 patients were included in the present study and scored according to the Oxford classification as 21 specimens with less than 8 glomeruli were excluded and in 2 others, tissue samples were too tiny for a re-block...
November 2016: Clinical Nephrology
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