High Incidence of Proteinuria in Children With Chronic Intestinal Failure Under Long-term Parenteral Nutrition

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Long-term home parenteral nutrition (LTPN) in children with chronic intestinal failure (CIF) is associated with renal complications such as fluid and electrolyte imbalances, nephrocalcinosis, nephrolithiasis, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). The etiology of CIF-associated nephropathy is multifactorial. The aim of this study was to evaluate renal involvement under LTPN. In this study, 50 patients with CIF, median age 4.2 years (1.4–9.3; 23 girls) were included. Kidney involvement was a frequent finding in this study. CKD was present in 30% of patients without correlation with LTPN duration. Glomerular proteinuria was found in the majority of patients (76%), an important long-term risk factor for the progression of CKD. Increased urinary α-1 microglobulin was significantly associated with duration (years) of LTPN and was increased in patients with CKD.

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