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Pediatric patients on renal replacement therapy: clinic, epidemiological, social and economic profile

Urology & Nephrology Open Access Journal
Celina F Rezende,1 Maria Goretti M G Penido,1,2 André S Alvarenga,1 Mariângela L Cherchiglia,3 Viviane L Nery1

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Introduction: Pediatric chronic kidney disease interferes with weight growth, psychosocial status, and also affects quality of life.

Objectives: To outline the clinical, epidemiological, social and economic profile of children and adolescents undergoing renal replacement therapy (RRT) at Santa Casa de Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais - Brazil.

Methods: Observational and cross-sectional study. 82 children and adolescents from 0 to 17yrs of age who had undergone RRT with at least three months of registration were included. Patients who died in the first three months on RRT, acute patients, and those older then 18yrs were excluded. Anthropometric analysis was performed and qualitative variables were expressed in absolute frequencies and percentage.

Results: 63.5% were male; median age of 9.25yrs at the beginning of RRT. 57% were short, and the BMI was normal in 88%. 82% were followed by nephrologists before RRT, 64.5% had residual diuresis. Hemodialysis was the main initial modality of RRT. Long-term double-lumen catheter was the most widely used vascular access. 85% of those who were at school age were attending school. Most patients lived in the countryside, used public transport, and had a low per capita income. SUS (Health Unic System) was the paying source and were registered at UBS (Basic Health Unity). The mother was the caregiver in 80.5%, 36.6% had glomerulopathy and 26.8% CAKUT uropathy. Sepsis was the main cause of death. 34 patients were transplanted.

Discussion and Conclusion: To know the clinical, epidemiological, social, and economic profile of pediatric patients in RRT is important in order to increase the chances of successful treatment and a better quality of life.


chronic kidney disease, child, adolescent, renal replacement therapy, dialysis, quality of life