Urinary Tract Infection in Children With Nephrotic Syndrome

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Abstract

Background:

The occurrence of urinary tract infection (UTI) in nephrotic syndrome has been reported. However, the only causes for the infection reported to date are bacteria and prior reported series did not identify yeast or fungi as causative organisms.

Methods:

A retrospective study of 2880 children with nephrotic syndrome was made to determine the incidence of UTI, predisposing factor and bacterial and fungal etiologies.

Results:

Between January 2000 and November 2016, we identified that 15% of the children developed UTI. Within this group, bacterial UTI and fungal UTI were 84.0% and 16.0%, respectively. The genus Klebsiella (25.33%) predominates among bacteria, while Candida cruzi (26.08%) predominates among fungal etiologies. Statistical analysis was performed for biochemical indices and UTI and was found significant for low serum albumin and high serum cholesterol (P ≤ 0.05).

Conclusion:

This study emphasizes the importance of UTI in children and can be underdiagnosed in children with nephrotic syndrome because steroid therapy is anti-inflammatory and can mask the symptoms of UTI.

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