Friday, July 29, 2016

Cystinosis: Really an Orphan for Developing world

I completely agree with Dr Ravi R paper on difficulties we face in treating children with rare disorders like Cystinosis and aHUS where noone seems to help these children with drugs and treatment and we struggle for it. Appreciate Dr Ravi's foundation on Cystinosis.
CYSTINOSIS a truly orphan disease - Report of the Cystinosis Foundation India | Rajan | Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Lung ultrasound in Pediatric Fluid Overload

Lung ultrasound imaging may be superior to both echocardiographic methods and BIS in detecting volume overload in children with ESRD. Given the practicality and sensitivity of lung ultrasound imaging, this technique can be adopted alongside clinical examination and blood pressure in the routine assessment of fluid overload in children with ESRD.

An excellent study published in Pediatric Nephrology on the same 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Importance of NINJA in Pediatric Nephrology

Current issue of Kidney International shows an excellent study from Dr Goldstein's group, Cincinatti. It talks on development and validation of a systematic screening program called Nephrotoxic Injury Negated by Just-in-time Action (NINJA), whereby children admitted to a noncritical care unit in our hospital deemed to be at high-risk of NTMx-AKI were recommended to have a daily serum creatinine (SCr) ordered to assess for AKI development.

By intensive monitoring, the exposure rate decreased by 38% (11.63–7.24 exposures/1000 patient days), and the AKI rate decreased by 64% (2.96–1.06 episodes/1000 patient days).

This figure shows improvement in exposure rates following NINJA. 

Behavioural abnormalities and Mutations in children with CKD

We very commonly see children with CKD and ESRD with behavioural problems and autistic features and CAKUT. Current issue of Kidney International nicely shows the 17q12 deletions but not HNF1B intragenic mutations are associated with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Otherwise, Heterozygous mutations of the HNF1B gene are the commonest known monogenic cause of developmental kidney disease.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Maternal NSAIDs and Renal Tubular Dysgenesis in neonates

Just saw a neonate whose mother took Nimesulide whole of her pregnancy for pain abdomen, and now the child is in renal failure. It is a difficult task counselling these parents with a neonate with renal failure.

Renal tubular dysgenesis (RTD) is characterized by absent or poorly developed proximal convoluted tubules.
The glomeruli appear numerous because of the absent proximal tubules in the cortex. Tubules are dilated, and the interstitium is expanded. RTD has been reported to occur as an inherited genetic defect. It has been recognized as a characteristic feature of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor foetopathy. It has also been reported sporadically in association with exposure to other drugs, notably the non-selective, non-steroidal, antiinflammatory drugs
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Managing FSGS: New targets

Current Issue of Kidney International has an excellent review on potential targets for treating FSGS in future years. It is a must read for all researchers and scholars!

Controversies and Management of Cystinosis

Current Issue of Kidney International has an excellent paper on Cystinosis- from diagnosis to management, a must read for all pediatricians and pediatric nephrologists.
Nephropathic cystinosis is an autosomal recessive metabolic, lifelong disease characterized by lysosomal cystine accumulation throughout the body that commonly presents in infancy with a renal Fanconi syndrome and, if untreated, leads to end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) in the later childhood years.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

CME Live: Session four

Curofy- India's largest community of verified doctors covered the CME-International Neonatal and Pediatric Nephrology Training Workshop live. This post was first published on the Curofy app. 

Neonatal Renal Physiology 

Dr Saroj patnaik

Glomerular function:
Kidney receives 15% of CO 
Low systemic blood pressure
Increased vascular resistance
Renal blood flow more to inner cortex and medulla
GFR is 10-30 ml/min/1.73m2

Limited adaptive features to stress, sepsis, anorexia and exposure to nephrotoxic drugs are challenges in assessing renal function

Range of autoregulation set to lower perfusion pressure
Susceptible to Hypovolemic insult

Tubular function:
Total body water 75% of the weight
Shift of ECF into cells
Physiologic weight loss 10-15%

Low urine concentrating capacity
Dilution mechanism better than conc. capacity
Prone to dehydration
It maybe non oligouric despite poor renal function

Sodium balance: 
Hyponatremia in preterms and rapidly growing LBW babies

Potassium levels of 6-6.5 is considered acceptable in term and preterm neonates

Acid base balance:

Suboptimal acid excretion
Lower serum bicarbonate levels are acceptable in preterm and term neonates
Disease states and drugs can accentuates metabolic acidisis.

Neonatal AKI

Dr Malcolm Coulthard

Why did AK failure become AK injury, it should be AK dysfunction

Deficiency of AK*
Reduced GFR
Reduced urine output

Pre-renal causes:
Non osmotic release of ADH

does not lead to damage if reverses

Deal with reversible components
Improve renal perfusion
Multiple organ failure

Furosemide if indicated
Obsessional fluid care
Blood results for fine tuning

When to dialyze?
Fluid is the key. If oligouric keep using conservative management until biochemistry is life threatening

CME Live: Session Two

Curofy- India's largest community of verified doctors covered the CME-International Neonatal and Pediatric Nephrology Training Workshop live. This post was first published on the Curofy app. 

Basics of RRT

Speaker: Dr. Pranaw Jha

Dialysis process whereby soluble composition of a solution A is altered by exposing to solution B across a semipermeable membrane
-Need 2 solution- blood & dialysate 
-Semi permeable membrane

Transport mechanisms: 

results in random molecular motion
inversly proportional to solute ssite

water driven across semipermeable membrane by hydrostatic/ osmotic force
solvent swept along with it, close to concentrated gradient- solvent drag

Convective methods:
Hemofilterationlarge amount of ultrafilteration coupled with replacement fluid infusion.

Hemodiafilteration: combined HD & HF

Dialysis Modality

Dr. Siddhartha Sethi

Choice of modality
Peritoneal dialysis
intermittent hemodialysis

PD is declining in the west, since expertise is increasing. CRRT is used

Modality of choice in India

less expertise in India
not insured in India

indication of CRRT
prevention of fluid overload

Acute peritoneal dialysis:
indication: Refractory volume overload
refract hyperkalemia
refract metabolic disease
uremia complication
dysnatemias in AKI

PD catheter
three way connector
IV sets
PD fluid bags
Drain bag

Stiff catheter
two cuff tenckhoff's catheter
Cook's catheter
tenckhofs single cuff
soft thermal 

Bicarbonate dialysis
Severe lactic acidosis or hepatic failure
asepsis required
1 hr exchange time

Ultra filtration
Not more than 5-10% weight loss should be targeted

Session length: Stiff catheter are 48-72 hr affair

anuria, hypercatabolism, nutritional support

heparin, potassium, insulin

Slower concentration
lower URA clearance
lower ultra filtration
risks of peritonitis

Automated PD:
warm fluids, keeps track, less infection

Prescribing HD & Mathematics

Dr. Rupesh Raina

Dialysis cannot clear solutes not present in intravascular space.


Conc. gradient(dC)
surface area(A)
sum of resistance(dx/KO)
concurrent flow
J=KOA x dC/dx

Low molecular weight- uo to 300 daltons
middle molecular weight- 300- 2000 daltons
large molecular weight- 5000- 1200 daltons
serum albumin-69 366 D

Hollow fiber dialyser;
Thousands of hollow capillary sizes fibers fixed in a polyurethane capsules.
blood flows through fibers, dialysate flows around fibers

Clearance: volume of blood cleared of solute per unit time. 
( Refer pic) 

Product of the overall mass transfer co efficient for a given solute x dialyser surface area

Ultrafilteration co efficient: ( KUf)

Volume of fluid transferred across the membrane per mmHg of pressure gradient
Low KUf denotes low permeability and low flux
high KUf denotes near complete permeability

High flux of dialyzers: KUf> 14ml/min/mmhg

Urea kinetic modeling:
Process to determine the amount of dialysis actually given
uses mathematical equation
( refer urea soup pic)

KT/V( Urea)
represnts fractional ura clearance
K= dialyzer clearance
T= time
V= volume of urea distribution

-0.5= uremic, death
-0.7= EEg abnormal
-1.0= short trm 
-1.2-1.4= long term
->1.4= better outcome

Initial hemodynamic prescription concepts; Aim to prescribe a dose of dialysis to effect a desired result

Tubing: < 10 kg- neonatal tubing 
10-20 kg- pediatric tubing
>20 kg adult tubing


Dr. Timothy Buchman

Continuous form of renal replacement therapy that allows for hemodynamic stability

SLED: Slow Low Efficiency Dialysis

Pediatric data for CRRT: optimal use in situation of hemodynamic compromise, Hypermetabolic state, sepsis
45% survival

Pediatric data SLED: 
Heparin Anticoagulation
14 children in 16 sessions. less than 8 hours.
cheaper than CRRT

Advantages of CRRT:
Continuous in nature making decision making of medication, dosage and nutrition delivery easier. 
Hemodynamically stable

Disadvantages, of CRRT:
greater need of utilization of resources
High pharmacy costs

Adv. of SLED
less resource utilization
less expensive
hemodialysis in morning and nocturnal SLED at night

Disadvantages of SLED
may cause hemodynamic compromise
risk of over dialysis due to minimal dialysate flow of 6 ltrs per hour

CME Live: Anticoagulation

CME Live: Anticoagulation

Dr. Rupesh Raina

Curofy- India's largest community of verified doctors covered the CME-International Neonatal and Pediatric Nephrology Training Workshop live. This post was first published on the Curofy app. 


Commonly used
Easy to use and monitor
No evidence on dose
Systemic side effect
Contraindicated in bleeding patient


Calcium dependent mechanism 
Binds to free calcium and inhibits binding
Has zero effect upon the patient 
Easy to monitor
Less clotted circuits
Less work of machinery


Metabolic alkalosis
Electrolyte disorders
Cardiac toxicity

Seen with rising total calcium with dropping patient ionized calcium.
Citrate gap.

CME Live: Session One

Curofy- India's largest community of verified doctors covered the CME-International Neonatal and Pediatric Nephrology Training Workshop live. This post was first published on the Curofy app. 

Non Dialytic Management of AKI: 

Dr. Rupesh Raina

Modified RIFLE criteria doesn't help on bedside

Creatinins is not the only marker neither is it good.
Solute clearance
Risk assessment
Early intervention is critical in golden hour
Normal saline is the best for fluid replacement - gives them proteins, hypercatabolic state
Contrast induced neprotoxicity should be avoided. No contrast MRI

Nutrition in AKI 

Dr. Timothy buchman

Protein energy waste= increased morbidity & mortality

Altered substrate utilization in acute illness:
Inefficient oxidation, impaired glycogenesis, lipogenesis
Insulin resistance

Protein metablism:
Muscle efflux of amino acid to fuel gluconeogenesis
Liver protein synthesis shifts from anabolic to acute phase proteins. 
Net negetive nitrogen protein balance

Lipid metabolism:
Increased triglyceride
Decreased cholestrol
Impaired lipolysis

Water soluble vitamins:

Vit B1 def. altered energy metabolism
Vit B6 def: altered amino acid and lipid metabolism
Folate deficiency: anemia
Vit c def: potential for losses during CRRT

CME Live: Hyperammonaemia and CRRT in acute liver failure

CME Live: Hyperammonaemia and CRRT in acute liver failure

Dr. Timothy Buchman

Curofy- India's largest community of verified doctors covered the CME-International Neonatal and Pediatric Nephrology Training Workshop live. This post was first published on the Curofy app. 

Indication of RRT in ALF
Hepatic encephalopathy grade 3-4
Renal dysfunction
Metabolic abnormalities
No one indication is an absolute one in for initiation of RRT

Supportive therapy for kids who deteriorate
Volume overload, intractable metabolic acidosis, and hyperkalemia
Delay in RRT decreases mortality by 90% 
Serves as a bridge to transplant


CRRT-CVVH, CVVHD CVVHDF- no evidence which was bettter 
TPE- therapeutic plasma exchange 
SPAD: single pass albumin dialysis

No evidence for RRT in liver patients

Should we undertake CRRT in ALF?

Yes and review 
For neuroprotection, metabolic disarray, bridge for recovery or transplant
CRRT- unstable
TPE- the way to go

Dose: No evidence in pediatrics, High is gaining popularity

Anticoagulation: PGI2 and low dose heparin

CME Live: Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

CME Live: Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

Dr Siddhartha Sethi

Curofy- India's largest community of verified doctors covered the CME-International Neonatal and Pediatric Nephrology Training Workshop live. This post was first published on the Curofy app. 

Infection: Shiga and verocytotoxin
Steptococcus Pneumoniae disorders: 

a) genetic disorders of complement regulation
b) Acquired disorders of complement regulation

VonWillebrand proteinase:

a) Genetic disorder
b) Acquired

Complement studies should be a part of every HUS evaluation
Diarrhea+ HUS in young, severe, recurrent, family history
Early: plasma infusions, plasma exchange
Recurrence post renal transplant

Renal transplant in HUS
High rate of recurrence
Factor H & I mutation
Patients ideally not living related to non-Stx-HUS

Eculizumab: most expensive drug trial

CME Live: Pediatric Palliative Care: Chronic kidney disease

CME Live: Pediatric Palliative Care: Chronic kidney disease

Dr Mona Gupta

Curofy- India's largest community of verified doctors covered the CME-International Neonatal and Pediatric Nephrology Training Workshop live. This post was first published on the Curofy app. 

In life threatening conditions Goals would be to:
Enhance quality of life
Minimize suffering
Optimize function

Interdisciplinary roles:

Initiate treatment
Decision making and future care
Care co-ordination

- Replacing electrolytes


Palliative care works towards 
Family bereavement
Maximize quality of life
Minimize time

Attention to symptoms and quality of life
End of life preparation
Pain and symptom management
Early involvement beneficial to family, child, caregiver. 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

CME LIVE: International Neonatal and Pediatric Nephrology Training Workshop

Curofy- India's largest community of verified doctors covered the CME-International Neonatal and Pediatric Nephrology Training Workshop live. This post was first published on the Curofy app. 


Most common cause: Post cardiac surgery
62% of neonates undergoing cardiac surgery develop AKI

1 in every 3 child in hospital contracts acute kidney injury

Children on ventilators: 36% of children on ventilators develop AKI
Inotrope score: increased postsurgery Inotrope, increased risks

AKI in non critically ill children:
Risk factors : longer treatment, AG treatment in previous months

How to prevent damage?

Decreased nephrotoxic drugs
Regulate hypotension

Fluid overload calculation 

Increased fluid overload means increased fatality
Fluid accumulation and fatality is independent of the critical condition of the patient, 

Survival rates fall down with increased fluid accumulation

Oxygenation is directly proportional to fluid overload

Renal Angina Index= risk of AKI*signs of injury

RAI predicts the survival and fluid overload. decreased RAI decreased risk of AKI

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Invited to "Narayan Health" for "Symposium on Pediatric Liver Transplantation"

This weekend, I shall be at Narayan Health- Mazumdar Shah Medical Center, for taking a lecture on "Long term Kidney Issues in Pediatric Liver Transplantation".

It shall be interesting to have audience as Pediatric Liver transplant physicians and Pediatric Liver transplant surgeons, and trying to create awareness about renal issues in all kinds of Pediatric Transplantation.

It shall also be an honor to talk after well renowned Pediatric transplant physicians of the country!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

What should be the dose of CRRT in patients with sepsis?

Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) has been suggested to play a part in immunomodulation by cytokine removal. However, the effect of continuous venovenous hemodiafiltration (CVVHDF) dose on inflammatory cytokine removal and its influence on patient outcomes are not yet clear.

Randomised Controlled Trial published in American Journal of Kidney Diseases 2016

Intervention: Conventional (40 mL/kg/h) and high (80 mL/kg/h) doses of CVVHDF for the duration of CRRT
Results: High-dose CVVHDF, but not the conventional dose, significantly reduced interleukin 6 (IL-6), IL-8, IL-1b, and IL-10 levels.
High CVVHDF dose did not improve patient outcomes despite its significant influence on inflammatory cytokine removal. CRRT-induced immunomodulation may not be sufficient to influence clinical end points.
Personal view: These patients are so sick, that these studies usually fail to find a change in the hard clinical end points. 

Monitoring children for upper tract damage in Myelodysplasia

An interesting abstract from Turkey published in Journal of Urology 2009 on looking at the peak detrusor pressures and the risk of upper tract damage in these children. It challenges the McGuire study on leak point pressures published in 1981.
Detrusor leak point pressure evolved from the research of McGuire in the early 1980s (McGuire, Woodside, Borden, & Weiss, 1981). McGuire, Woodside, and Borden (1983) studied a population of myelodysplastic children and noted a correlation between the DLPP and the likelihood of upper-tract deterioration. Of the 42 patients studied, 22 had DLPP > 40 cm H2O. In that group, vesicoureteral reflux occurred in 68% and ureteral dilatation in 81%. In long-term followup, patients with the DLPP > 40 cm H2O developed upper-tract deterioration at a rate of 100% (McGuire et al., 1983).
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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Lichen Planus and Nephrotic syndrom

Today one of my old nephrotic syndrome child presented with skin lesions bilaterally symmetrical violaceous polygonal pruritic papules present over both upper limbs, diagnostic of lichen planus.

Coincidence of lichen planus in nephrotic syndrome may reflect common immunological abnormalities, based on altered cell mediated immunity. It has already been reported from our friend Dr Sriram from JIPMER.  Lichen planus is a chronic inflammatory dermatological condition usually affecting adults, but rare in children. The diagnosis is essentially clinical.

Immunogenicity of HPV vaccine in CKD children

Vaccination is must in all children especially with kidney disorders. CJASN today publishes an excellent study from Baltimore on HPV vaccination.
The study shows that- Antibody response to the quadrivalent recombinant HPV vaccine was robust and sustained in girls and young women with CKD and on dialysis. A less robust response to the vaccine was observed among those with a kidney transplant.
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Eculizumab for aHUS: The first use in India

We used Eculizumab in an American boy with aHUS, and kept him in remission, till his genetic results came back normal. This was the first time in the country, that someone used this drug, since it is very costly and not available in the country.
We publish our experience today in Indian Journal of Nephrology to raise the awareness about the treatment, and the difficulties faced in doing the right thing in the right way!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Think together; kidney-liver-lung-spleen-heart-gut interactions

Recent data from basic and clinical research have begun to elucidate complex organ interactions in AKI between kidney and distant organs, including heart, lung, spleen, brain, liver, and gut. This review serves to update the topic of organ cross talk in AKI and focuses on potential therapeutic targets to improve patient outcomes during AKI-associated multiple organ failure.
Link to the Kidney International Article

Friday, March 25, 2016

Fluid overload as an adverse marker for neonatal mortality

Another study from Seoul, shows that neonates with a higher percentage fluid overload and higher levels of serum creatinine at CRRT initiation showed poor outcomes. Early initiation of CRRT before the development of severe FO or azotemia might improve the outcomes of neonates requiring CRRT.

The survival rates of patients with an FO of ≥30 % at the time of CRRT initiation were lower than those of patients with an FO of <30 % at the same time-point.

Early RRT may help in these sick children! 

Ultilising FE-urea for differentiating types of AKI

The fractional excretion of urea nitrogen (FEUN) is less influenced by furosemide, which inhibits sodium and chloride reabsorption at the thick ascending loop of Henle. In adults, FEUN has been shown to be a useful biomarker in the differential diagnosis of prerenal AKI and ATN, especially in patients receiving diuretic therapy.
Current issue of Pediatric Nephrology has an excellent paper on FE-urea vs FENa in children with AKI, and finding the etiology.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Free Online articles on Pediatric Nephrology

This month ERA-EDTA provides free online articles for all for childhood renal disorders.

Following are my favourites:

CMV prophylaxis in Pediatric Renal Transplantation

This week's Transplantation journal has an excellent study on CMV prophylaxis in pediatric renal transplantation.
It shows:

  • chemoprophylaxis was associated with a better preservation of transplant function at 3 years posttransplant
  • CMV replication was associated with a more pronounced decline of graft function 

Conclusions: Antiviral chemoprophylaxis with VGCV or GCV in recipients with a high or moderate CMV risk is associated with a better preservation of transplant function. Hence, the prevention of CMV replication in this patient population has the potential to improve transplant outcome.

This week's 'Times of India' has our patient's success story!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Today's "Times of India" talks of "Healthy Kidneys"

My article in Times of India- "Better Kidney Health for Kids"

Better kidney health for kids: What you should know!

Today in "Times of India", there is an educational article by me on how to maintain better kidney health in children. 

Did you know that kidney diseases can start young? Literally. Unlike in the case of grown-ups, children can develop kidney diseases due to congenital defect, prematurity, or past hospitalization. "Also, children with a high-risk birth and early childhood history should be watched closely in order to help detect early signs of kidney disease in time to provide effective prevention or treatment. Needless to say that the sooner the issue is diagnosed, better can be the results," adds Dr Sidharth Kumar Sethi, Consultant, Pediatric Nephrology, Medanta, The Medicity, Gurgaon.

Early signs of kidney disease in kids
Early diagnose of kidney problem can help treat the ailment in time. Here are some signs that you should watch out for:
- Swelling around the eyes-face -feet- abdomen- whole body - Bed wetting (5 years or older) can be since birth or if the problem recurs after the child had stopped bed wetting for some time -Frequent urination - Crying during urination (in infants) - Painful urination (in older kids) - Unpleasant-smelling urine -Unexplained low-grade fever or recurrent fever episodes - Urine that is cloudy, bloody or dark brown - Persistent abdominal pain - Childhood renal stones - Frequent severe headaches - High blood pressure - Producing less urine -Producing more than 2 litre urine/ day -Poor appetite (in older children) - Poor eating habits, vomiting (in newborns & infants) - Slow growth or weight gain -Weak urinary stream, dribbling of urine stream - Weakness, excessive tiredness or loss of energy - Pale skin appearance

The whole article can be accessed here.