Study examines clinical risk factors for kidney function decline in children with CKD


Persistent kidney illness (CKD) in youngsters is uncommon, which makes it tough to check and leaves main gaps within the amount and high quality of proof that informs the care of pediatric sufferers with the situation. Even the most important potential research are restricted of their usefulness, as they’re constrained by choice bias and comparatively small pattern sizes for various causes and programs of the illness.

In a brand new examine led by Youngsters’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Nemours Youngsters’s Well being, researchers have overcome the impediment of scale by analyzing digital well being report information from PEDSnet, a nationwide multicenter pediatric community, to establish a big cohort of kids with CKD, consider CKD development, and look at scientific threat elements for kidney operate decline. The findings had been printed within the Scientific Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

The overarching purpose of this venture was to show that actual world EHR information can be utilized to mannequin kidney operate decline in youngsters. Persistent kidney illness in youngsters is uncommon and as such there are few high-quality research that inform scientific choice making. In distinction to potential cohort research, this examine represents an unbiased pattern of the US supply inhabitants and to our data represents the most important cohort of kids with CKD to this point.”

Caroline Gluck, MD, Doctor, Division of Nephrology at Nemours Youngsters’s Well being, Delaware

To raised perceive elements contributing to the decline in kidney operate in sufferers with CKD, the researchers targeted on youngsters from six pediatric well being methods within the PEDSnet database who had been seen between January 1, 2009, to February 28, 2022. Of greater than 7.1 million youngsters, the researchers recognized 11,240 (0.157%) with CKD. They divided the group into subcohorts based mostly on CKD sort: glomerular, non-glomerular, and malignancy-associated. CKD development was decided based mostly on estimated glomerular filtration charge (eGFR), a calculated index of kidney operate based mostly on serum creatinine degree that determines the stage of kidney illness; the necessity for long-term dialysis; and the necessity for a kidney transplant.

The researchers discovered that the next attributes in youngsters with CKD had been related to a extra speedy decline in kidney operate: illness of glomerular or malignancy-associated origins; excessive ranges of protein within the urine (proteinuria); hypertension; youthful age; extra superior CKD; male intercourse; and higher medical complexity at the beginning of follow-up care. For instance, over a median follow-up time of 5 years, 40% of sufferers with glomerular CKD required long-term dialysis or transplant or skilled greater than a 50% discount of eGFR, whereas the identical was true of solely 13% of sufferers with non-glomerular CKD.

Given the dimensions of the inhabitants analyzed within the examine – which additionally included youngsters with most cancers, who’ve a excessive burden of CKD however have been excluded from or underrepresented in prior research – the findings may be utilized extra broadly to the pediatric CKD inhabitants.

“Youngsters with the chance elements recognized in our examine are of specific concern for CKD development and could also be focused for comparative effectiveness research to protect kidney operate,” stated senior writer Michelle Denburg, MD, MSCE, a nephrologist at Youngsters’s Hospital of Philadelphia and co-director of the CHOP Pediatric Middle of Excellence in Nephrology and of the Penn-CHOP Kidney Innovation Middle. “The findings and strategies on this examine are foundational to future analysis in youngsters with CKD, together with the PRESERVE examine I’m co-leading with Dr. Christopher Forrest, Director of PEDSnet, which is leveraging EHR information from 16 pediatric well being methods to investigate blood stress administration and preservation of kidney operate in pediatric CKD. This examine also can function a roadmap to be used of EHR information networks to adequately energy the examine of uncommon illness.”

This examine was supported by grant U18FD006297 from the Institute for Superior Scientific Trials for Youngsters ( beneath FDA and by the Youngsters’s Hospital of Philadelphia Pediatric Middle of Excellence in Nephrology and the Nationwide Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Illnesses of the Nationwide Institutes of Well being beneath award quantity 5P50DK114786-05. The analysis reported was performed utilizing PEDSnet, A Nationwide Pediatric Studying Well being System, supported by PCORI Award RI-CHOP-01-PS1. This examine was partially funded by means of PCORI Award #RD-2020C2-20338.


Journal reference:

Gluck, C.A., et al. (2023) Evaluating Kidney Perform Decline in Youngsters with Persistent Kidney Illness Utilizing a Multi-Institutional Digital Well being Document Database. Scientific Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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