Understanding kidney disease in children

They also discovered that the most common causes were glomerulonephritis and Congenital Anomalies of the Kidneys and Urinary Tract (CAKUT). Dr Adanze Adasinodi, a paediatric nephrologist at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, and her research partners,  Dr Ademola Adebowale, Oluwatoyin Ogunkunle and Susan Mott, who worked on the study stated that mortality due to ESRD is high primarily due to lack of resources and recommended that preventive nephrology and chronic RRT programmes would be urgently needed in the study area.

Director of paediatric nephrology at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Barbara Fivus, gave some positive news on chronic kidney disease affecting children recently. “Kidney disease occurs more often than we think, but it is also more treatable than we used to think, especially when caught early.” “Children and adolescents should be monitored carefully because kidney disease that seems to suddenly strike young adults often has its roots in childhood.”

Increasing awareness among the general population is important to not only reduce the complications of those suffering with pediatric CKD, but also could help reduce the future prevalence of the disease, experts emphasise.

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