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Pankti A Gheewala, Gregory M Peterson, Syed Tabish R Zaidi, Matthew D Jose, Ronald L Castelino
BACKGROUND: Screening programs may help to address the burden of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Australia. Public awareness is an important determinant of the uptake of screening programs. However, data on the public knowledge of CKD in Australia is lacking. The aim of this study was to develop a validated questionnaire and assess the Australian public knowledge of CKD. METHODS: A CKD knowledge questionnaire was developed after reviewing the literature and discussions with nephrology experts...
March 20, 2018: BMC Public Health
Michael E Reschen, Andrea Mazzella, Edward Sharples
Background and aims: Dysfunction of a kidney transplant often requires histological sampling by percutaneous ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy. Transplant biopsy is more specialized than native kidney biopsy, the indications and complications are less well defined and in England are performed mainly by nephrologists. The aims of the study were to evaluate the adequacy and complication rate in living and deceased donor recipients according to training status of the nephrologist, assess the accuracy of physicians in predicting rejection, the threshold creatinine rise for biopsy, and the change in drug management post-biopsy...
April 2018: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
Esmeralda Molina-Robles, Marta Colomer-Codinachs, Marta Roquet-Bohils, Emilia Chirveches-Pérez, Pep Ortiz-Jurado, Mireia Subirana-Casacuberta
OBJECTIVE: To describe the impact of a standard hospital educational intervention including active physical exercises on personal well-being, functional capacity and knowledge of the benefits of prescribed physical activity for patients undergoing haemodialysis. METHOD: An uncontrolled, quasi-experimental, before-and-after study with repeated measures of response variables at 4, 8 and 12 weeks after participating in an educational and physical exercise hospital intervention...
March 1, 2018: Enfermería Clínica
Dalia E Yousif, Alice R Topping, Maha F Osman, Jochen G Raimann, Elfadil M Osman, Peter Kotanko, Omar I Abboud
BACKGROUND: The burden of acute kidney injury (AKI) is high in Africa. While there are no reliable statistics about AKI in Africa, the Global Snapshot Study of the 0by25 initiative of the International Society of Nephrology has determined dehydration, infections, animal envenomation, and complications during pregnancy as the main causes. METHODS: This study was conducted at the Soba University Hospital (SUH), Khartoum, Sudan, a tertiary referral center. We included all hemodialysis patients treated for AKI at SUH between -January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014 in the study...
January 26, 2018: Blood Purification
Simone Brardi, Gabriele Cevenini, Vanni Giovannelli, Giuseppe Romano
OBJECTIVE: This longitudinal prospective observational type study was conceived with the aim to examine the impact on renal resistive index (RRI) of the variables that we can manipulate with therapeutic and or dietetic interventions in a chronic kidney disease population in order to known which of these variables was statistically related to changes in RRI and therefore could become the object of the greatest therapeutic effort. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study was undertaken between May 2016 to May 2017 in the outpatient nephrology and urology clinic of San Donato Hospital in Arezzo...
December 31, 2017: Archivio Italiano di Urologia, Andrologia
Carmine Zoccali, Francesca Mallamaci
Intention-to-treat and per-protocol analyses provide complementary information about the usefulness of therapies. While intention-to-treat analyses of trials that tested low-protein diets remain debated, per-protocol analyses of the same trials show that low protein intake actually reduces the risk of kidney failure. Per-protocol analyses are notoriously open to bias but intention-to-treat analyses are less immaculate than commonly realized because they critically depend on adherence to the treatment being tested and therefore may not be directly relevant for informing clinical decisions when different degrees of adherence to therapy occur...
February 19, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Domenico Motola, Alberto Vaccheri, Andrea Roncadori, Monia Donati, Giulia Bonaldo, Anna Covezzoli, Piera Polidori, Stefano Bianchi
PURPOSE: The aim of this multicenter prospective study was to evaluate efficacy and safety of biosimilar erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) vs originator, based on data from clinical practice in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). METHODS: We collected data of the patients with diagnosis of CKD on conservative treatment from nine Italian structures. Patients were enrolled applying different exclusion criteria, and various individual parameters were registered at the beginning for descriptive analysis...
February 10, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Erin Keely, Jennifer Li, Peter Magner, Amir Afkham, Clare Liddy
Background: The Champlain BASE™ (Building Access to Specialists through eConsultation) eConsult service allows primary care providers (PCPs) to submit patient-specific clinical questions to specialists via a secure web service. Objective: Our objective was to describe the types of nephrology questions asked through an eConsult service based in eastern Ontario and assess the service's impact on the need for face-to-face consultations. Design: Cross-sectional study using descriptive statistics was conducted using nephrology cases submitted between May 2011 and January 2015...
2018: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
Patricia Quintana-Bárcena, Anne Lord, Annie Lizotte, Djamal Berbiche, Lyne Lalonde
BACKGROUND: Drug-related problems (DRPs) are prevalent among chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. However, little is known about their severity and management by community pharmacists. OBJECTIVES: To (a) describe the prevalence of DRPs by severity level in CKD patients and (b) assess the effect of a training-and-communication network program in nephrology (ProFiL) on these DRPs. METHODS: This is a secondary analysis of a cluster randomized controlled trial evaluating the effect of the ProFiL-program...
February 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
D Guenzani, M Buoli, G S Carnevali, M Serati, P Messa, S Vettoretti
Chronic renal failure (CRF) is a frequent condition in elderly subjects, and it is associated with psychiatric comorbidity, especially depressive symptoms. Purpose of the present research was to compare patients with different severity of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in terms of psychiatric symptoms. One hundred CKD subjects were randomly selected among those attending the Department of Nephrology, University of Milan. The patients were evaluated through the following rating scales: Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Symptom Checklist (SCL-90), Kidney Disease Quality of Life- Short Form (KDQOL-SF) and Cumulative Illness Rating Scale (CIRS)...
January 15, 2018: Psychology, Health & Medicine
Satoshi Higuchi, Izaya Nakaya, Kazuhiro Yoshikawa, Yoichiro Chikamatsu, Ken-Ei Sada, Suguru Yamamoto, Satoko Takahashi, Hiroyo Sasaki, Jun Soma
Introduction: Late referral to a nephrologist, the type of vascular access, nutritional status, and the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) at the start of hemodialysis (HD) have been reported as independent risk factors of survival for patients who begin HD. The aim of this study was to clarify the influence of the HD-free interval from the time of an eGFR of 10 ml/min per 1.73 m2 (IGFR10-HD) on patient outcome. Methods: We enrolled 124 patients aged older than 20 years who had HD initiated in a general hospital...
July 2017: KI Reports
Chao-Yi Wu, Hui-Ping Chien, Huang-Yu Yang, Tsung-Chieh Yao, Min-Hua Tseng, Mei-Chin Yu, Kuo-Wei Yeh, Jing-Long Huang
BACKGROUND: Raising evidence suggested a prognostic utility of tubulointerstitial lesions in lupus nephritis (LN). The exact prevalence of tubulointerstitial abnormalities and its predictive value among pediatric onset systemic lupus erythematous (pSLE) cases, however, remained unknown. METHODS: Sixty-seven pSLE subjects diagnosed with LN with initial renal samples available were enrolled and followed for an average of 6.49 ± 3.06 years. Renal histology was evaluated according to the International Society of Nephrology/Renal Pathology Society classification, National Institute of Health classification and tubulointerstitial activity index (TIAI)...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
Adebowale Adeyemo, Christopher Esezobor, Adaobi Solarin, Asiri Abeyagunawardena, Jameela A Kari, Sherif El Desoky, Larry A Greenbaum, Margret Kamel, Mahmoud Kallash, Cynthia Silva, Alex Young, Tracey E Hunley, Nilka de Jesus-Gonzalez, Tarak Srivastava, Rasheed Gbadegesin
BACKGROUND: Few data exist for the genetic variants underlying the risk for steroid-sensitive nephrotic syndrome (SSNS) in children. The objectives of this study were to evaluate HLA-DQA1 and APOL1 variants as risk factors for SSNS in African American children and use classic HLA antigen types and amino acid inference to refine the HLA-DQA1 association. STUDY DESIGN: Case-control study. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: African American children with SSNS or steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) were enrolled from Duke University and centers participating in the Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium...
December 22, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Maisarah Jalalonmuhali, Soo Kun Lim, Mohammad Nazri Md Shah, Kok Peng Ng
BACKGROUND: Accurate measurement of renal function is important: however, radiolabelled gold standard measurement of GFR is highly expensive and can only be used on a very limited scale. We aim to compare the performance of Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD) and Chronic Kidney Disease-Epidemiology Collaboration (CKD-EPI) equations in the multi-ethnic population attending University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC). METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study recruiting patients, who attend UMMC Nephrology clinics on voluntary basis...
December 13, 2017: BMC Nephrology
Anita Sharma, Kristin K Janke, Andrea Larson, Wendy St Peter
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: This study examined the early effects of a team based learning (TBL) pilot, including differences in student engagement with TBL compared to lectures, and student accountability, preferences, and satisfaction with TBL. EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY AND SETTING: Three TBL sessions were delivered in the nephrology section of pharmacotherapy and then students completed the team-based learning student assessment instrument (TBL-SAI), which assesses TBL relative to lecture on three subscales (i...
September 2017: Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning
Seri Park, Tamara M Kear
Patients receiving care for the management of end stage renal disease require transport to nephrology practice settings and treatment centers for hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. This type of transportation, defined as non-emergency medical transportation, has long presented a challenge for patients, families, and healthcare providers. This article explores the current and projected statistics and trends for chronic kidney disease,transportation challenges faced by patients and nephrology healthcare providers, and examples of successful transportation services and programs...
July 2017: Nephrology Nursing Journal: Journal of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association
Tri-Long Nguyen, Paul Landais
In their systematic review, Shochet et al. question the robustness of the statistical significance of the results of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in nephrology reported in high-impact journals (2005-2014). They hypothesized that a high proportion of RCTs in nephrology would be fragile. They calculated a Fragility Index that is a tool for testing robustness of RCTs, based on 107 RCT reports. The observation of an alarming median Fragility Index equal to 3 suggests that in half of the trials, the sole additional occurrence of 3 events would compromise the significance of nominally significant results...
December 2017: Kidney International
Radojica V Stolic, Goran Z Trajkovic, Mirjana M Kostic, Branko Mihailovic, Aleksandar N Jovanovic, Bratislav D Lazic, Ivana R Matijasević, Maša D Jaksić, Zlatica M Mirkovic, Tanja N Smilic, Javorka S Mitic
INTRODUCTION: Arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) are the preferred form vascular access for hemodialysis (HD), as they have a low rate of complications and durable function. The aim of our investigation was to analyze the factors that might influence the function of AVFs. METHODS: Data were taken from the computerized patient record system in the Clinic of Urology and Nephrology, Clinical Center, Kragujevac, Serbia, for a 2-year period. We analyzed patients who had requested re-creation of AVFs as a secondary procedure...
November 12, 2017: Hemodialysis International
Olumuyiwa John Fasipe, Peter Ehizokhale Akhideno, Obiyo Nwaiwu, Alex Adedotun Adelosoye
Introduction: Life expectancy has increased significantly among chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients due to the extensive use of polypharmacy practice for medication prescriptions. This predisposes them to potential drug-drug interactions (DDIs), which can lead to an increase in morbidity, mortality, length of hospital stay, and health care cost. Methods: This was a 30-month retrospective study that reviewed the medical case records of consenting adult CKD patients from January 2014 to June 2016...
2017: Clinical Pharmacology: Advances and Applications
Yasser A Abd-Elhamid, Refaat M Eltanawy, Rasha M Fawzy, Nehad A Fouad, Ann M Atlm
CD64 is a type of integral membrane glycoprotein known as FC receptor that binds monomeric IgG-type antibodies with high affinity. It is more commonly known as FC gamma receptor 1 (FC?R1) and it is expressed on monocytes surface. The goal of this study was to investigate the association of CD64 expression on the surface of peripheral blood monocytes of systemic lupus erythematosus patients with disease activity, and lupus nephritis. 30 SLE patients were enrolled into this study. They were subdivided into: 15 SLE patients with lupus nephritis and 15 SLE patients without lupus nephritis...
January 2017: Egyptian Journal of Immunology
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