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Background. Few studies have investigated the determinants of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in paediatric patients starting on dialysis or with a transplant. Methods. Data were collected as part of the European Society of Paediatric Nephrology/European Renal Association–European Dialysis and...
Background . Morphologic changes of the peritoneum such as peritoneal fibrosis and vasculopathy develop during peritoneal dialysis (PD). In 2002, Williams et al . reported microscopic characteristics of peritoneal changes in PD patients. These studies pointed out the importance of establishing a...
Lipoprotein glomerulopathy is a rare disease diagnosed by unique histopathologic findings of glomerular capillary dilatation by lipoprotein thrombi. The disease is caused by mutations in apoE , the gene that encodes apolipoprotein E. To date, <80 cases have been reported in the medical...
Background . Plasma cystatin C (pCysC) has been proposed as an alternative to plasma creatinine (pCr) as a measure of renal function. We compared the detection of functional change by both biomarkers in critically ill patients. Methods . pCysC and pCr were measured on admission to one of two...
Background . Non-diabetic forms of nephropathy commonly lead to end-stage renal disease (non-DM ESRD). Previous studies have demonstrated that African Americans are more susceptible to non-DM ESRD compared to other ethnic groups, and this risk has a strong genetic component. A genome-wide scan...
Background. The differentiation between acute interstitial nephritis (AIN) and acute tubular necrosis (ATN) is crucial in patients with acute kidney injury. Gallium-67 citrate (Ga-67) has been used clinically in the differential diagnosis between these entities, but its efficacy is disputed. The...
Background . Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), especially basement membrane-degrading MMP-9 and MMP-2, play an important role in immune-mediated tissue destruction of the allograft by allowing influx of leucocytes and mononuclear cells into the graft. The present study was, therefore, undertaken...
Background. The incidence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) is increased with severe kidney disease, but whether less-severe chronic kidney disease (CKD) increases the risk of VTE is less certain. Methods. We studied this in a prospective cohort of 10 700 whites and African Americans, aged 53–75...
Background. Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is associated with systemic hypertension of the offspring later in life. The exact mechanisms are still incompletely understood. 11β-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 2 (11β-HSD2) in the distal renal tubule protects the mineralocorticoid receptor...
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