Long-term prognosis of hemolytic uremic syndrome and effective renal plasma flow
ABSTRACT The long-term prognosis of diarrhea-associated hemolytic uremic syndrome (D+ HUS) was evaluated in a cohort of 127 of 149 children who had survived the acute phase. Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and effective renal plasma flow (ERPF) were estimated by serial (51)Cr-EDTA and (123)iodine-hippurate clearances. All children had acute renal failure during the initial phase and 74% of patients were dialyzed. During the 1st year, mean GFR and ERPF increased continuously until a plateau was reached. In the 2nd year after the diagnosis of HUS, GFR was below 80 and ERPF below 515 ml/min per 1. 73 m(2) in 16% and 47% of patients, respectively. At the end of a median follow-up of 5.0 (range 2.0-13.2) years, the proportion of children with renal sequelae such as proteinuria >/=300 mg/l, hypertension, or a GFR <80 ml/min per 1.73 m(2) was 23%. Anuria of more than 7 days' duration and hypertension during the acute phase were statistically significant risk factors for an unfavorable outcome. A reduced ERPF in the 2nd year was found in 93% of patients with sequelae. Mean filtration fraction (SD) in these patients was 0. 26 (+/-0.07) versus 0.19 (+/-0.05) in patients without sequelae (P<0. 0001). These data suggest that loss of nephrons during the acute phase may implicate hyperfiltration in the residual functioning kidney mass leading to progressive renal disease. ERPF in the 2nd year after D+ HUS may serve as an excellent parameter to detect patients with a high risk of an unfavorable long-term outcome.
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- "The long term renal prognosis of VTEC-associated HUS is controversial. Hüsemann et al (31) in 1999 reported a cohort of 127 of 149 children who had survived the acute phase of HUS. The clearance data revealed hemodynamic changes in half of the patients in the second year after HUS. "
ABSTRACT: This article describes the birth of the Canadian Pediatric Kidney Disease Research Centre (CPKDRC) in 1985 and the activities that have transpired as a result of collaborative research at paediatric centres across Canada. These include the National Retrospective Study of Childhood Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), National Prospective Study of Risk Factors for Developing Escherichia coli O157:H7 Infection, and Intervention Studies for the Prevention of HUS. A look to the future describes possible studies to determine potential factors (surrogate markers) to identify children who are at risk for developing HUS following verotoxin-producing E coli gastroenteritis, other intervention studies and a more accurate understanding of permanent renal insufficiency in children who have had HUS.Paediatrics & child health 10/2002; 7(8):533-7. · 1.39 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The lipopolysaccharide (LPS) of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) and Shiga toxin together substantially contribute to the pathophysiology of typical hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS). Both factors have been shown to be immune stimulators and could play a key role in the individual innate immune response, characterized by proinflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines. By use of a whole blood stimulation model, we therefore compared the LPS- and superantigen-induced cytokine responses in children who had been having recovering from an acute episode of typical HUS for at least 6 months (group 1) with those in controls, who consisted of patients seen in the pediatric neurology outpatient department for routine examination (group 2). Samples were analyzed for cytokine protein levels and the levels of mRNA production. LPS stimulation revealed lower levels of interleukin 10 (IL-10) (P < 0.05) and increased levels of gamma interferon (P < 0.05) and increased ratios of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines (P < 0.05 for the IL-1beta/IL-10 ratio; P < 0.05 for the tumor necrosis factor alpha/IL-10 ratio) in group 1. In addition superantigen stimulation showed decreased IL-2 levels in group 1 (P < 0.01). Our results suggest an alteration of the cytokine response characterized by high proinflammatory cytokine levels and low anti-inflammatory cytokine levels as well as low levels of IL-2 production in children who have experienced an episode of typical HUS. We hypothesize that this altered immune response is not a residual effect of the infection but a preexisting characteristic of the patient. This could be one reason why individuals infected with EHEC are potentially predisposed to a systemic disease (HUS).Clinical and Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology 12/2003; 10(6):1090-5. DOI:10.1128/CDLI.10.6.1090-1095.2003 · 2.51 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: We reviewed the literature to analyze the risk of recurrence of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) after renal transplantation in children. Among 118 children transplanted after post-diarrheal (D+) HUS, 1 (0.8%) had recurrence with graft loss. Among 63 children transplanted after HUS not associated with a prodrome of diarrhea (D-) of unknown mechanism, 13 (21%) had recurrence with graft loss. Of 11 patients with HUS associated with factor H deficiency who were transplanted, 5 lost the graft because of recurrence. Of 7 patients with HUS associated with normal factor H concentration but mutations in factor H gene who were transplanted, probably 2 had recurrence. Three patients with HUS associated with low serum C3, but no factor H deficiency or mutation lost their graft because of recurrence. The risk of recurrence in the autosomal recessive forms of HUS of unknown mechanism is not documented in children, but is around 60% in adults. A similar risk has been reported in the autosomal dominant forms. The only transplant patient with a constitutional deficiency of von Willebrand factor-cleaving protease had recurrence. Further efforts to document the post-transplant course of patients with D- HUS and progress in the understanding of the mechanisms and genetics of the disease are needed to allow more accurate prediction of the recurrence risk and to define therapeutic approaches.Pediatric Nephrology 12/2003; 18(11):1095-101. DOI:10.1007/s00467-003-1289-8 · 2.86 Impact Factor