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Nephrotic syndrome management in children

Gaurav Garg, Apul Goel, Sunny Goel, Manmeet Singh
Chyluria, a chronic manifestation of lymphatic filariasis, is rare in children. Clinicians must have a high index of suspicion to diagnose this condition in children as it mimics nephrotic syndrome. We present an unusual case in which a 7-year-old boy hailing from a filarial endemic region presented with a passage of milky urine, which on evaluation was diagnosed as parasitic chyluria. The child showed remission after medical management that persisted until 1 year of follow-up.
March 16, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Fei Liu, Jian-Hua Mao
BACKGROUND: Calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) are commonly given to transplant recipients of kidneys and other solid organs and to patients with immune disorders, such as steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome, steroid-dependent nephrotic syndrome, and frequent relapse nephrotic syndrome. Although CNIs remain the most effective available immunosuppressant agent, there is clinical concern regarding possible long-term nephrotoxicity. This concern is especially significant in children who have a longer life expectancy and greater growth rate...
March 12, 2018: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
Sandra Bérody, Laurence Heidet, Olivier Gribouval, Jérome Harambat, Patrick Niaudet, Veronique Baudouin, Justine Bacchetta, Bernard Boudaillez, Maud Dehennault, Loïc de Parscau, Olivier Dunand, Hugues Flodrops, Marc Fila, Arnaud Garnier, Ferielle Louillet, Marie-Alice Macher, Adrien May, Elodie Merieau, Françoise Monceaux, Christine Pietrement, Caroline Rousset-Rouvière, Gwenaëlle Roussey, Sophie Taque, Julie Tenenbaum, Tim Ulinski, Rachel Vieux, Ariane Zaloszyc, Vincent Morinière, Rémi Salomon, Olivia Boyer
Background: Recommendations for management of Finnish-type congenital nephrotic syndrome (CNS) followed by many teams include daily albumin infusions, early bilateral nephrectomy, dialysis and transplantation. We aimed to assess the treatment and outcome of patients with CNS in France. Methods: We conducted a nationwide retrospective study on 55 consecutive children born between 2000 and 2014 treated for non-infectious CNS. Results: The estimated cumulative incidence of CNS was 0...
February 20, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Scott E Wenderfer, Joseph P Gaut
Unique challenges exist in the diagnosis and treatment of glomerular diseases with their onset during childhood. Mounting evidence supports the notion that earlier onset cases occur due to larger numbers of genetic risk alleles. Nearly all causes of adult-onset glomerulonephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and thrombotic microangiopathy have also been described in children, although the prevalence of specific causes differs. Postinfectious glomerulonephritis, Henoch-Schönlein purpura nephritis, and minimal change disease remain the most common causes of glomerular disease in younger children in the United States and can be diagnosed clinically without need for biopsy...
November 2017: Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease
Jillian K Warejko, Weizhen Tan, Ankana Daga, David Schapiro, Jennifer A Lawson, Shirlee Shril, Svjetlana Lovric, Shazia Ashraf, Jia Rao, Tobias Hermle, Tilman Jobst-Schwan, Eugen Widmeier, Amar J Majmundar, Ronen Schneider, Heon Yung Gee, J Magdalena Schmidt, Asaf Vivante, Amelie T van der Ven, Hadas Ityel, Jing Chen, Carolin E Sadowski, Stefan Kohl, Werner L Pabst, Makiko Nakayama, Michael J G Somers, Nancy M Rodig, Ghaleb Daouk, Michelle Baum, Deborah R Stein, Michael A Ferguson, Avram Z Traum, Neveen A Soliman, Jameela A Kari, Sherif El Desoky, Hanan Fathy, Martin Zenker, Sevcan A Bakkaloglu, Dominik Müller, Aytul Noyan, Fatih Ozaltin, Melissa A Cadnapaphornchai, Seema Hashmi, Jeffrey Hopcian, Jeffrey B Kopp, Nadine Benador, Detlef Bockenhauer, Radovan Bogdanovic, Nataša Stajić, Gil Chernin, Robert Ettenger, Henry Fehrenbach, Markus Kemper, Reyner Loza Munarriz, Ludmila Podracka, Rainer Büscher, Erkin Serdaroglu, Velibor Tasic, Shrikant Mane, Richard P Lifton, Daniela A Braun, Friedhelm Hildebrandt
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome overwhelmingly progresses to ESRD. More than 30 monogenic genes have been identified to cause steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome. We previously detected causative mutations using targeted panel sequencing in 30% of patients with steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome. Panel sequencing has a number of limitations when compared with whole exome sequencing. We employed whole exome sequencing to detect monogenic causes of steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome in an international cohort of 300 families...
November 10, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
Oonagh McCloskey, Alexander P Maxwell
Nephrotic syndrome is defined by a triad of clinical features: oedema, substantial proteinuria (> 3.5 g/24 hours) and hypoalbuminaemia (< 30 g/L). It is often associated with hyperlipidaemia, thromboembolism and an increased risk of infection. Nephrotic syndrome develops following pathological injury to renal glomeruli. This may be a primary problem, with a disease specific to the kidneys, or secondary to a systemic disorder such as diabetes mellitus. The most common cause in children is minimal change glomerulonephritis...
February 2017: Practitioner
Maher Ahmed Abdel-Hafez, Nagy Mohamed Abou-El-Hana, Adel Ali Erfan, Mohamed El-Gamasy, Hend Abdel-Nabi
BACKGROUND: Development of steroid dependency is one of the difficult problems in the management of children with idiopathic nephrotic syndrome, leading to increased morbidity, complications and cost of treatment. Thus, predicting early in the disease course will be useful in counseling parents and may improve treatment strategy. OBJECTIVES: To determine the clinical characteristics that can predict the development of steroid dependency early in the initial episodes of steroid sensitive nephrotic syndrome (SSNS)...
July 2017: Journal of Nephropathology
Mallory L Downie, Claire Gallibois, Rulan S Parekh, Damien G Noone
Nephrotic syndrome is defined by nephrotic-range proteinuria (≥40 mg/m2 /hour or urine protein/creatinine ratio ≥200 mg/mL or 3+ protein on urine dipstick), hypoalbuminaemia (<25 g/L) and oedema. This review focuses on the classification, epidemiology, pathophysiology, management strategies and prognosis of idiopathic nephrotic syndrome of childhood, and includes a brief overview of the congenital forms.
November 2017: Paediatrics and International Child Health
Rebecca Ichord
Cerebral sinovenous thrombosis (CSVT) is a rare but serious cerebrovascular disorder affecting children from the newborn period through childhood and adolescence. The incidence is estimated at 0.6/100,000/year, with 30-50% occurring in newborns. Causes are diverse and are highly age dependent. Acute systemic illness is the dominant risk factor among newborns. In childhood CSVT, acute infections of the head and neck such as mastoiditis are most common, followed by chronic underlying diseases such as nephrotic syndrome, cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
James C McCaffrey, Nicholas J Webb, Toryn M Poolman, Maryline Fresquet, Cressida Moxey, Leo A H Zeef, Ian J Donaldson, David W Ray, Rachel Lennon
Nephrotic syndrome (NS) occurs when the glomerular filtration barrier becomes excessively permeable leading to massive proteinuria. In childhood NS, immune system dysregulation has been implicated and increasing evidence points to the central role of podocytes in the pathogenesis. Children with NS are typically treated with an empiric course of glucocorticoid (Gc) therapy; a class of steroids that are activating ligands for the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) transcription factor. Although Gc-therapy has been the cornerstone of NS management for decades, the mechanism of action, and target cell, remain poorly understood...
July 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
Hulya Nalcacioglu, Ozan Ozkaya, Kemal Baysal, Hassan Candas Kafali, Bahattin Avci, Demet Tekcan, Gurkan Genc
BACKGROUND: Assessment of volume status and differentiating "underfill" and "overfill" edema is essential in the management of patients with nephrotic syndrome (NS). OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to evaluate the volume status of NS patients by using different methods and to investigate the utility of bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) in children with NS. METHODS: The hydration status of 19 patients with NS (before treatment of NS and at remission) and 25 healthy controls was assessed by multifrequency BIA, serum N-terminal-pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) levels, inferior vena cava (IVC) diameter, left atrium diameter (LAD) and vasoactive hormones...
July 24, 2017: Nefrología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española Nefrologia
Kazumoto Iijima, Mayumi Sako, Koichi Kamei, Kandai Nozu
Idiopathic nephrotic syndrome is the most common chronic glomerular disease in children. A total of 80-90% of patients with childhood idiopathic nephrotic syndrome achieve remission with steroid therapy [steroid-sensitive nephrotic syndrome (SSNS)]. However, approximately 50% of children with SSNS develop frequently relapsing nephrotic syndrome (FRNS) or steroid-dependent nephrotic syndrome (SDNS). Children with FRNS or SDNS are usually treated with immunosuppressive agents, but 10-20% of children receiving immunosuppressive agents still show frequent relapses or steroid dependence during or after treatment, defined as complicated FRNS or SDNS...
July 17, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Maria Pereira, Eyal Muscal, Karen Eldin, M John Hicks, Anna Carmela P Sagcal-Gironella, Marietta DeGuzman, Scott E Wenderfer
BACKGROUND: Best practices for managing childhood-onset membranous lupus nephritis (MLN) are not yet established. Most studies involve primarily or exclusively adult cohorts or pediatric cohorts with combinations of pure or mixed membranous and proliferative nephritis. METHODS: We performed a single-center cohort study of consecutively diagnosed children with pure MLN from 1990 and 2016. Patients received care in Houston, Texas, one of the most diverse metropolitan areas in North America...
December 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Brendan D Crawford, Debbie S Gipson
Management of idiopathic nephrotic syndrome in children is based on a series of clinical trials. The trial by Sinha and colleagues in this issue is 1 of many needed to improve the evidence base for induction and maintenance therapies in this population. While key questions remain about identifying the appropriate therapy for each patient, clinical trials provide an opportunity to extend evidence-based practice that minimizes toxicity and optimizes patient health.
July 2017: Kidney International
W W Geense, B G I van Gaal, J L Knoll, E A M Cornelissen, T van Achterberg
BACKGROUND: Parents of children with a chronic kidney disease (CKD) have a crucial role in the management of their child's disease. The burden on parents is high: they are often exhausted, depressed and experience high levels of stress and a low quality of life, which could have a negative impact on their child's health outcomes. Support aiming at preventing and reducing parental stress is essential. Therefore, it is necessary to have insight in the problems and support needs among these parents...
May 25, 2017: Child: Care, Health and Development
V U Muoneke, A F Una, C B Eke, O U Anyanwu
BACKGROUND: Renal diseases are important causes of morbidity and mortality in children worldwide particularly in the resource-poor countries of sub-Saharan Africa. Adequate data on these diseases in children in our setting are limited as a result of late/nonpresentation. AIM: The aim of the study is to review the pattern and outcome of pediatric renal admissions at the Federal Teaching Hospital (FETH) Abakaliki over a 3-year period. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective observational review of all childhood renal admissions in FETH, Abakaliki, Ebonyi state between 2011 and 2013...
July 2016: Annals of Medical and Health Sciences Research
Chien-Heng Lin, Wei-Ching Lin, Jeng-Sheng Chang
BACKGROUND: Chylothorax in children is a relatively rare cause of pleural effusion. However, it is usually a common complication of cardiothoracic operations like open-heart surgery. Other etiologies for chylothorax, such as trauma or malignancy, occur more common in adults and rare in children. To explore the etiologies of chylothorax in children, this study analyzed the pediatric patients that were admitted in to onea medical center. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of the pediatric patients that were admitted to this tertiary transfer center with a diagnosis of chylothorax during the period of 1995 to 2005...
March 2017: BioMedicine
Yechiel Sweed, Jonathan Singer-Jordan, Sorin Papura, Norman Loberant, Alon Yulevich
BACKGROUND: Trauma is the leading cause of childhood morbidity and mortality. Abdominal bleeding is one of the common causes of mortality due to trauma. Angiography and embolization are well recognized as the primary treatments in certain cases of acute traumatic hemorrhage in adults; however, evidence is lacking in the pediatric population. OBJECTIVES: To assess the safety and efficacy of transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE) for blunt and penetrating abdominal and pelvic trauma in the pediatric age group...
November 2016: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
Andrea Pasini, Elisa Benetti, Giovanni Conti, Luciana Ghio, Marta Lepore, Laura Massella, Daniela Molino, Licia Peruzzi, Francesco Emma, Carmelo Fede, Antonella Trivelli, Silvio Maringhini, Marco Materassi, Giovanni Messina, Giovanni Montini, Luisa Murer, Carmine Pecoraro, Marco Pennesi
This consensus document is aimed at providing an updated, multidisciplinary overview on the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric nephrotic syndrome (NS) at first presentation. It is the first consensus document of its kind to be produced by all the pediatric nephrology centres in Italy, in line with what is already present in other countries such as France, Germany and the USA. It is based on the current knowledge surrounding the symptomatic and steroid treatment of NS, with a view to providing the basis for a separate consensus document on the treatment of relapses...
April 21, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
Heather Beanlands, Maria Maione, Caroline Poulton, Emily Herreshoff, Michelle A Hladunewich, Marilyn Hailperin, Mary Margaret Modes, Lawrence An, Julie Wright Nunes, Howard Trachtman, Patrick Nachman, Debbie S Gipson
Background: People living with nephrotic syndrome (NS) need to develop an in-depth understanding of their condition in order to participate in treatment decisions, develop self-management skills and integrate illness into daily life. However, the learning needs of adult patients and parents of children with NS are unknown. We therefore explored patient and parent perspectives on learning needs related to NS as part of a larger study to develop a shared learning tool for NS. Methods: Qualitative data were collected using semistructured focus groups and individual interviews with adult patients (n = 22) and parents of children with NS (n = 25)...
January 1, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
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