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Vo D Nguyen, Chris N Griffith
Multidisciplinary team work is important for a successful hemodialysis vascular access program. The authors present a clinical case to illustrate the potential dynamic factors that can affect vein sizes, independent from the operators' skills and experiences. Therefore, if the first examination fails to detect suitable veins, repeated examinations of arm veins by nephrologists during routine office visits may greatly assist the surgeons in the selection of suitable arm veins for arteriovenous fistula surgery...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Vascular Access
Piergiorgio Messa, Carlo Maria Alfieri, Emanuele Montanari, Mariano Ferraresso, Roberta Cerutti
Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the first genetic cause of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and the number of these patients who are listed for or receive a kidney transplant (KTx) is continuously increasing over time. Hence, nephrologists are involved not only in the handling of ADPKD patients during the long course of the disease, but also in programming and performing a renal transplant. The handling of all these processes implies the complete awareness of a number of critical points related to the decisions to be taken both before and after the transplant intervention...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Nephrology
John K Roberts, Matthew A Sparks, Ruediger W Lehrich
Interest in nephrology among trainees is waning in the USA. Early perceptions and attitudes to subject matter can be linked to the quality of pre-clinical curricula. We wanted to explore these attitudes in the setting of modern curriculum redesign. We utilized Q methodology to understand first-year medical student attitudes after an innovative kidney physiology curriculum redesign that focuses on blending multiple learning methods. First-year medical students were invited to take a Q sort survey at the conclusion of a kidney physiology course...
October 19, 2016: Renal Failure
David Wheeler
Hypertension is the most prevalent complication of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Lowering high blood pressure slows progressive loss of kidney function and may also reduce the associated risk of cardiovascular complications, a common cause of premature death in CKD patients.Current International Guidelines produced by Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) acknowledges that no single BP target is optimal for all CKD patients, and encourages individualization of treatment depending on age, the severity of albuminuria and comorbidities...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
C Pietrement, E Allain-Launay, J Bacchetta, A Bertholet-Thomas, L Dubourg, J Harambat, R Vieux, G Deschênes
These guidelines are intended to assist physicians in the care of children with chronic kidney disease (CKD), defined in children as in adults, regardless of its cause. Often silent for a long time, CKD can evolve to chronic renal failure or end-stage renal disease. Its management aims at slowing disease progression and treating CKD complications as soon as they appear. The different aspects of pediatric CKD care are addressed in these guidelines (screening, treatment, monitoring, diet, quality of life) as proposed by the French Society of Pediatric Nephrology...
October 12, 2016: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
Alessandro Gasparini, Marie Evans, Josef Coresh, Morgan E Grams, Olof Norin, Abdul R Qureshi, Björn Runesson, Peter Barany, Johan Ärnlöv, Tomas Jernberg, Björn Wettermark, Carl G Elinder, Juan-Jesüs Carrero
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is common, but the frequency of albuminuria testing and referral to nephrology care has been difficult to measure. We here characterize CKD prevalence and recognition in a complete healthcare utilization cohort of the Stockholm region, in Sweden. METHODS: We included all adult individuals (n = 1 128 058) with at least one outpatient measurement of IDMS-calibrated serum creatinine during 2006-11. Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) was calculated via the CKD-EPI equation and CKD was solely defined as eGFR <60 mL/min/1...
October 13, 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Kianoush Kashani, Claudio Ronco
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common complication of acute illnesses with significant impact on the mortality and morbidity. Early recognition of AKI allows clinicians to provide prophylactic interventions and to improve the outcomes of this deadly syndrome. Growing utilization and capabilities of electronic health records allow AKI risk stratification and early recognition with a potential effect on the processes of care and outcomes. We evaluate the current level of evidence on the impact of the AKI e-alert on the processes of care and outcomes...
October 14, 2016: Blood Purification
Jennifer G Jetton, Mark Sorenson
Both acute kidney injury (AKI) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are seen more frequently in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) as advances in supportive care improve the survival of critically ill infants as well as those with severe, congenital kidney and urinary tract anomalies. Many aspects of the infant's care, including fluid balance, electrolyte and mineral homeostasis, acid-base balance, and growth and nutrition require close monitoring by and collaboration among neonatologists, nephrologists, dieticians, and pharmacologists...
October 6, 2016: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Behrooz Hashemi, Saeed Safari, Mostafa Hosseini, Mahmoud Yousefifard, Elham Erfani, Alireza Baratloo, Farhad Rahmati, Maryam Motamedi, Mohammad Mehdi Forouzanfar, Iraj Najafi
CONTEXT: Crush syndrome and its potentially life-threatening complications, such as acute kidney injury (AKI), are one of the most important medical problems of disaster victims. However, today, many unanswered questions abound about the potential risk factors of crush syndrome, predictive factors of AKI, proper amount of prophylactic hydration therapy, type of fluid, time of continuing fluid, intravenous versus oral hydration, etc. Therefore, this study was designed to review the findings on Iranian nephrologist experiences in diagnosis and management of traumatic rhabdomyolysis following the last two strong earthquakes of Bam (2003) and Manjil-Rudbar (1990)...
June 2016: Archives of Trauma Research
Aleix Cases Amenós, Juan Pedro-Botet Montoya, Vicente Pascual Fuster, Vivencio Barrios Alonso, Xavier Pintó Sala, Juan F Ascaso Gimilio, Jesús Millán Nuñez-Cortés, Adalberto Serrano Cumplido
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: This post hoc study analysed the perception of the relevance of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in dyslipidaemia screening and the choice of statin among primary care physicians (PCPs) and other specialists through a Delphi questionnaire. METHODS: The questionnaire included 4blocks of questions concerning dyslipidaemic patients with impaired carbohydrate metabolism. This study presents the results of the impact of CKD on screening and the choice of statin...
September 30, 2016: Nefrología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española Nefrologia
Jared J Grantham, Vicente E Torres
The rate at which autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) progresses to end-stage renal disease varies widely and is determined by genetic and non-genetic factors. The ability to determine the prognosis of children and young adults with ADPKD is important for the effective life-long management of the disease and to enable the efficacy of emerging therapies to be determined. Total kidney volume (TKV) reflects the sum volume of hundreds of individual cysts with potentially devastating effects on renal function...
November 2016: Nature Reviews. Nephrology
Justine Perrin, Julien Carvelli, Bertrand Gondouin, Laurent Daniel, Megan Fraisse, Céline Gaudon, Fouad Bouzana, Henri Vacher-Coponat, Julie Moussi-Francès, Bertrand Dussol, Noémie Jourde-Chiche
Renal involvement of systemic vasculitides is an emergency in nephrology. Although it has become very rare, the diagnosis of polyarteritis nodosa must be considered in some patients. A 70-year-old patient, previously healthy, presented with acute renal failure and malignant hypertension and abundant albuminuria. Subcutaneous nodule, orchitis and mononeuritis appeared subsequently. The search for auto-immunity or viral infection was negative. Markers of thrombotic microangiopathy, present initially, resolved after blood pressure control...
September 24, 2016: Néphrologie & Thérapeutique
Marva M Moxey-Mims, Michael F Flessner, Lawrence Holzman, Frederick Kaskel, John R Sedor, William E Smoyer, Aliza M Thompson, Lynne Yao
Nephrology has conducted few high-quality clinical trials, and the trials that have been conducted have not resulted in the approval of new treatments for primary or inflammatory glomerular diseases. There are overarching process issues that affect the conduct of all clinical trials, but there are also some specialty-specific issues. Within nephrology, primary glomerular diseases are rare, making adequate recruitment for meaningful trials difficult. Nephrologists need better ways, beyond histopathology, to phenotype patients with glomerular diseases and stratify the risk for progression to ESRD...
September 26, 2016: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
Luna Gargani, Rosa Sicari, Mauro Raciti, Luca Serasini, Mirko Passera, Claudia Torino, Krzysztof Letachowicz, Robert Ekart, Danilo Fliser, Adrian Covic, Olga Balafa, Aristeidis Stavroulopoulos, Ziad A Massy, Enrico Fiaccadori, Alberto Caiazza, Thomas Bachelet, Itzchak Slotki, Linda Shavit, Alberto Martinez-Castelao, Marie-Jeanne Coudert-Krier, Patrick Rossignol, Thomas Daniel Kraemer, Thierry Hannedouche, Vincenzo Panichi, Andrzej Wiecek, Giuseppe Pontoriero, Pantelis Sarafidis, Marian Klinger, Radovan Hojs, Sarah Seiler-Mußler, Fabio Lizzi, Mihai Onofriescu, Fotis Zarzoulas, Rocco Tripepi, Francesca Mallamaci, Giovanni Tripepi, Eugenio Picano, Gérard Michel London, Carmine Zoccali
Within the framework of the LUST trial (LUng water by Ultra-Sound guided Treatment to prevent death and cardiovascular events in high-risk end-stage renal disease patients), the European Renal and Cardiovascular Medicine (EURECA-m) working group of the European Renal Association-European Dialysis Transplant Association established a central core lab aimed at training and certifying nephrologists and cardiologists participating in this trial. All participants were trained by an expert trainer with an entirely web-based programme...
September 26, 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Ágnes Haris, Szilveszter Dolgos, Kálmán Polner
This paper reviews the recently published scientific information regarding ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV), aiming to highlight the most important data from the clinical nephrologists' perspective. The classification, pathomechanism, recent achievements of the treatment, short-term and long-term outcomes of the disease, and the difficulties nephrologists face when taking care for patients with AAV are summarized. There has been significant progress in the understanding of the genetic and pathologic background of the disease in the last years, and results of histological studies guide us to predict long-term renal function...
September 26, 2016: International Urology and Nephrology
Juan P Arab, Juan C Claro, Juan P Arancibia, Jorge Contreras, Fernando Gómez, Cristian Muñoz, Leyla Nazal, Eric Roessler, Rodrigo Wolff, Marco Arrese, Carlos Benítez
AIM: To propose several alternatives treatment of type 1 hepatorenal syndrome (HRS-1) what is the most severe expression of circulatory dysfunction on patients with portal hypertension. METHODS: A group of eleven gastroenterologists and nephrologists performed a structured analysis of available literature. Each expert was designated to review and answer a question. They generated draft statements for evaluation by all the experts. Additional input was obtained from medical community...
September 8, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
Randah Dahlan, Mohammad Qureshi, Fatmah Akeely, Abdullah A Al Sayyari
In Saudi Arabia, only 9% of dialysis patients are on peritoneal dialysis (PD), and this has been the case for years. A number of centers around the world have sought to understand the underutilization of PD by asking nephrologists directly. In this study, we aimed to gather information that will answer the question "Why is PD underutilized in Saudi Arabia?" hoping that a roadmap may be developed to overcome the hurdles the study underscores, allowing for more patients to utilize this valuable modality.
September 2016: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
U Kiltz, J Smolen, T Bardin, A Cohen Solal, N Dalbeth, M Doherty, B Engel, C Flader, J Kay, M Matsuoka, F Perez-Ruiz, G da Rocha Castelar-Pinheiro, K Saag, A So, J Vazquez Mellado, M Weisman, T H Westhoff, H Yamanaka, J Braun
OBJECTIVES: The treat-to-target (T2T) concept has been applied successfully in several inflammatory rheumatic diseases. Gout is a chronic disease with a high burden of pain and inflammation. Because the pathogenesis of gout is strongly related to serum urate levels, gout may be an ideal disease in which to apply a T2T approach. Our aim was to develop international T2T recommendations for patients with gout. METHODS: A committee of experts with experience in gout agreed upon potential targets and outcomes, which was the basis for the systematic literature search...
September 22, 2016: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Marco Marano, Anna D'Amato, Alessandra Cantone
The large prevalence of respiratory acid-base disorders overlapping metabolic acidosis in hemodialysis population should prompt nephrologists to deal with the partial pressure of carbon dioxide (pCO2) complying with the reduced bicarbonate concentration. What the most suitable formula to compute pCO2 is reviewed. Then, the neglected issue of CO2 content in the dialysis fluid is under the spotlight. In fact, a considerable amount of CO2 comes to patients' bloodstream every hemodialysis treatment and "acidosis by dialysate" may occur if lungs do not properly clear away this burden of CO2...
September 6, 2016: World Journal of Nephrology
Ana Maria Cusumano, Guillermo Javier Rosa-Diez, Maria Carlota Gonzalez-Bedat
In 2015, 634387 million people (9% of the world's population) resided in Latin America (LA), with half of those populating Brazil and Mexico. The LA Dialysis and Transplant Registry was initiated in 1991, with the aim of collecting data on renal replacement therapy (RRT) from the 20 LA-affiliated countries. Since then, the Registry has revealed a trend of increasing prevalence and incidence of end-stage kidney disease on RRT, which is ongoing and is correlated with gross national income, life expectancy at birth, and percentage of population that is older than 65 years...
September 6, 2016: World Journal of Nephrology
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