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Renal disease in pregnancy

Tiong Y Lim, Enoka Gonsalkorala, Mary D Cannon, Stella Gabeta, Leonie Penna, Nigel D Heaton, Michael A Heneghan
BACKGROUND: Liver transplantation (LT) is a successful treatment for both acute liver failure and end-stage liver disease. The number of women of reproductive age undergoing LT is increasing. Pregnancy outcomes are favourable but there is still a lack of prognostic markers. We aimed to identify factors predictive of adverse pregnancy outcomes in LT recipients. METHODS: An analysis of all pregnancies occurring in LT recipients from 1989-2016 at King's College Hospital was performed...
March 14, 2018: Liver Transplantation
Bozidarka L Zaric, Milan Obradovic, Vladan Bajic, Mohamed A Haidara, Milos Jovanovic, Esma R Isenovic
Homocysteine (Hcy) is thiol group containing the amino acid, which naturally occurs in all humans. Hcy is degraded in the body through two metabolic pathways, while a minor part is excreted through kidneys. The chemical reactions that are necessary for degradation of Hcy require the presence of the folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12. Consequently, the level of the total Hcy in the serum is influenced by the presence or absence of these vitamins. An elevated level of the Hcy, hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy) and homocystinuria are connected with occlusive artery disease, especially in the brain, the heart, and the kidney, in addition to venous thrombosis, chronic renal failure, megaloblastic anemia, osteoporosis, depression, Alzheimer's disease, pregnancy problems, and others...
March 12, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Tomás Urrego, Blanca Ortiz-Reyes, Adriana L Vanegas-García, Carlos H Muñoz, Luis A González, Gloria Vásquez, José A Gómez-Puerta
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Diagnosis of lupus nephritis (LN) is usually based on renal biopsy, which is an invasive technique that involves multiple risks. Therefore, different biomarkers have emerged as alternatives for the diagnosis of LN. Nonetheless, studies regarding urinary biomarkers in Latin American patients are limited. The objective of this study was to assess the diagnostic value of urinary transferrin and ceruloplasmin to differentiate patients who have renal involvement from those who do not...
March 9, 2018: Reumatología Clinica
Rita S Suri, Alan S Kliger
The use of frequent hemodialysis (HD) is growing, with the hope of improving outcomes in end-stage renal disease. We narratively review the three randomized trials, 15 comparative cohort studies, and several case series of frequent HD that empirically demonstrate the potential efficacy and adverse effects of these regimens. Taken together, the randomized studies suggest frequent HD may result in left ventricular mass regression. This effect is most pronounced when left ventricular mass is abnormal, but attenuated by significant residual urine output...
March 12, 2018: Seminars in Dialysis
Aydan Akyüz Özdemir, Cihat Burak Sayın, Rengin Erdal, Cihangir Özcan, Mehmet Haberal
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to evaluate the quality of life of patients with end-stage renal disease through a "gender role perspective." Patients were on hemodialysis treatment and on a wait list for transplant. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was conducted at the Başkent University Adana, Ankara, and Istanbul hemodialysis centers. Patients completed Short Form 36 Health Survey questionnaires voluntarily to evaluate quality of life. The questions were answered independently by patients while they were undergoing hemodialysis treatment...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Ran Nagar, Sharon Perlman, Or Yariv, Zvi Kivilevich, Benjamin Dekel, Reuven Achiron, Yinon Gilboa
BACKGROUND: Sonographic assessment of the fetal kidneys is an integral part of the prenatal anatomical survey. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the fetal renal to abdominal (RTA) ratio throughout pregnancy and to investigate whether this ratio can be a potential diagnostic landmark for congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT). METHODS: Measurements of the anterior-posterior diameters of the fetal kidney and fetal abdomen (APAD) were obtained prospectively...
March 2018: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
I N Aboobacker, A Krishnakumar, S Narayanan, B Hafeeque, J C Gopinathan, F Aziz
Nail-Patella syndrome (NPS) is an inherited disease with characteristic nail, limb, and renal anomalies. While almost all patients manifest classical skeletal and nail abnormalities, renal involvement is seen in only 40% of patients. Asymptomatic proteinuria is the most common renal presentation. Although a substantial number of patients can progress to nephrotic range proteinuria, development of end-stage kidney disease is rare. Pathological abnormalities are appreciable only by electron microscopy. Our patient who had not been diagnosed with NPS previously presented with new-onset proteinuria during the second trimester of her first pregnancy...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Nephrology
Min Jeong Kim, Joo Hui Kim, Il Young Kim, Soo Bong Lee, In Seong Park, Mi Yeun Han, Harin Rhee, Sang Heon Song, Eun Young Seong, Ihm Soo Kwak, Dong Won Lee
Preeclampsia is the most common cause of proteinuria with hypertension during pregnancy. Primary kidney disease and kidney disease secondary to systemic disorders may rarely occur during pregnancy, resulting in proteinuria. A 34-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital with abdominal distention and lower extremity edema. The pregnancy was terminated at the 24th week of gestation due to preterm labor. Even after the delivery, proteinuria and renal deterioration continued to progress. The M-peak was not found on serum and urine protein electrophoresis...
March 2018: Iranian Journal of Kidney Diseases
Sushil Mehandru, Attiya Haroon, Avais Masud, Mayurkumar Patel, Elmer Sadiang-Abay, Eric J Costanzo, Tushar J Vachharajani
While an arteriovenous fistula is the best available access, many patients continue to rely on a tunneled hemodialysis catheter for dialysis therapy. Despite the highest risk of catheter-related bacteremia and associated morbidity and mortality, patients often prefer tunneled hemodialysis catheter to avoid pain associated with cannulation of an arteriovenous access. We report three tunneled hemodialysis catheter-dependent end-stage renal disease patients (age: 38, 35, 33 years), who became pregnant. Pregnancy was discovered at 10, 12 and 10 weeks of gestation...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
Alexandra Rehfuss, Joseph Mahon, Igor Sorokin, Cynthia Smith, Barry S Stein
OBJECTIVE: To identify difficult to see ureteral orifices (UOs), urologists need a method to stain the urine. Phenazopyridine, a urinary analgesic which discolors the urine orange, can be administered orally pre-operatively. We evaluated the usefulness of phenazopyridine in identifying the UOs and optimal timing of administration. METHODS: Adult patients undergoing endoscopic procedures at the Stratton VA were prospectively enrolled. Preoperative metabolic panels were reviewed...
March 1, 2018: Urology
L Ryom, C Boesecke, M Bracchi, J Ambrosioni, A Pozniak, J Arribas, G Behrens, Pgm Mallon, M Puoti, A Rauch, J M Miro, O Kirk, C Marzolini, J D Lundgren, M Battegay
BACKGROUND: The European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) Guidelines have since 2005 provided multidisciplinary recommendations for the care of HIV-positive persons in geographically diverse areas. GUIDELINE HIGHLIGHTS: Major revisions have been made in all sections of the 2017 Guidelines: antiretroviral treatment (ART), comorbidities, coinfections and opportunistic diseases. Newly added are also a summary of the main changes made, and direct video links to the EACS online course on HIV Management...
March 1, 2018: HIV Medicine
Francesca Brunini, Barbara Zaina, Davide Gianfreda, Wally Ossola, Marisa Giani, Luigi Fedele, Piergiorgio Messa, Gabriella Moroni
PURPOSE: To assess pregnancy outcome in women with Alport syndrome and the impact of pregnancy on the disease progression. METHODS: We describe one of the largest series of pregnancies in Alport syndrome. Seven pregnancies of six women were monitored by a multidisciplinary team of nephrologists and gynecologists. After delivery, patients were followed for at least 3 years. We compare our results with those in the literature. RESULTS: Pregnancy course was uneventful in the patient with isolated microscopic hematuria...
February 28, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Rosalba De Nola, Edoardo Di Naro, Luca Maria Schonauer, Giuseppe Lucarelli, Michele Battaglia, Maria Grazia Fiore, Salvatore Andrea Mastrolia, Giuseppe Loverro
RATIONALE: PNETs (primitive neuroectodermal tumors) are a family of highly malignant neoplasms characterized by small round cells of neuroepithelial origin. They usually involve bone and soft tissues, and have a higher incidence in childhood. PATIENT CONCERNS: In this case report, we describe the obstetric and oncological outcome of a huge mass diagnosed as a leiomyoma in a 39-year-old pregnant woman who complained of low back pain, dysuria, and urinary frequency at 22 weeks of gestation...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
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
Jessica Tangren, Molly Nadel, Michelle A Hladunewich
Pregnancy is uncommon in women with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Fertility rates are low in women on dialysis, and physicians still frequently counsel women with ESRD against pregnancy. Advancements in the delivery of dialysis and obstetric care have led to improved live birth rates in women on dialysis, so pregnancy for young women with ESRD is now more feasible and safer. However, these pregnancies remain high-risk for both maternal and fetal complications, necessitating experienced multidisciplinary care...
January 26, 2018: Blood Purification
Loredana Colla, Davide Diena, Maura Rossetti, Ana Maria Manzione, Luca Marozio, Chiara Benedetto, Luigi Biancone
Care of pregnant woman, including fertility and procreation counseling, has become a significant part of the nephrological practice in the last years. In this context, the management of immunosuppression assumes a primary role both for autoimmune diseases and for post-transplant follow up. The present review analyzes the latest evidence on immunosuppressive drugs of current use in nephrology and kidney transplantation. Although the placenta inactivates prednisone and prednisolone, it is advisable to limit the dose to the minimal effective one, to prevent side effects...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Nephrology
Yu Qi Lee, Clare E Collins, Adrienne Gordon, Kym M Rae, Kirsty G Pringle
The intrauterine environment is critical for fetal growth and organ development. Evidence from animal models indicates that the developing kidney is vulnerable to suboptimal maternal nutrition and changes in health status. However, evidence from human studies are yet to be synthesised. Therefore, the aim of the current study was to systematically review current research on the relationship between maternal nutrition during pregnancy and offspring kidney structure and function in humans. A search of five databases identified 9501 articles, of which three experimental and seven observational studies met the inclusion criteria...
February 21, 2018: Nutrients
Yuehong Li, Wei Wang, Yujuan Wang, Qi Chen
BACKGROUND Analysis the maternal and fetal risk predictors in pregnancy in conjunction with chronic glomerulonephritis (CGN) patients are helpful to understand the influence of kidney diseases on pregnancy and the effects of pregnancy on kidney diseases. The aim of this study was to determine the predictors of adverse maternal and fetal outcomes in CGN patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS Maternal and fetal outcomes in 64 pregnancies of CGN patients were retrospectively analyzed. We randomly selected 100 low-risk-pregnancy women without chronic kidney disease (CKD) at the same time as the control group...
February 18, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
William R Cooke, Ulla K Hemmilä, Alison L Craik, Chimwemwe J Mandula, Priscilla Mvula, Ausbert Msusa, Gavin Dreyer, Rhys Evans
BACKGROUND: Obstetric-related acute kidney injury (AKI) is thought to be a key contributor to the overall burden of AKI in low resource settings, causing significant and preventable morbidity and mortality. However, epidemiological data to corroborate these hypotheses is sparse. This prospective observational study aims to determine the incidence, aetiology and maternal-fetal outcomes of obstetric-related AKI in Malawi. METHODS: Women greater than 20 weeks gestation or less than 6 weeks postpartum admitted to obstetric wards at a tertiary hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, and at high-risk of AKI were recruited between 21st September and 11th December 2015...
February 2, 2018: BMC Nephrology
Linda M O'Keeffe, Anna Ramond, Clare Oliver-Williams, Peter Willeit, Ellie Paige, Patrick Trotter, Jonathan Evans, Jonas Wadström, Michael Nicholson, Dave Collett, Emanuele Di Angelantonio
Background: Long-term health risks for adults who donate kidneys are unclear. Purpose: To summarize evidence about mid- and long-term health risks associated with living kidney donation in adults. Data Sources: PubMed, Embase, Scopus, and PsycINFO without language restriction from April 1964 to July 2017. Study Selection: Observational studies with at least 1 year of follow-up that compared health outcomes in adult living kidney donors versus nondonor populations...
January 30, 2018: Annals of Internal Medicine
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