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Polycystic Kidney Disease A Disease of Ca2 Channels

Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common inherited kidney disorder, occurring in 1 in 1000 people and accounting for 10 of end-stage renal disease worldwide. It is characterised by the presence of multiple fluid-filled cysts that occur throughout the tubules of both kidneys. These cysts are already present in the fetus and develop progressively through life, eventually resulting in renal failure in 45 of affected individuals between 40 and 60 years of age. Hypertension is common and many patients also have cysts in other organs, most notably the liver. ADPKD is a genetically heterogeneous disease and has been mapped to chromosome 16p13.3 (PKD1) and chromosome 4q21-23 (PKD2) a third gene is also known to exist. Mutations in PKD1 are the most frequent cause of the disease, but 15 of cases are associated with mutations in PKD2. The latter encodes a 968 amino acid protein that has six putative transmembrane domains with cytosolic N and C termini (Fig. 9.12)...

Studying Kidney Function

The whole kidney can be studied by examination of the kidney in relation to a reference substance. For example, the chemical inulin goes through the nephron without any alteration, so its excretion can be compared with other substances If more of another substance appears in the urine in proportion to the inulin, the substance must have been excreted from the blood into the urine and secreted. If less is present, some material must have been reabsorbed from the tubule into the blood. This is called the clearance technique, and it is widely used to predict kidney function in health and disease. For less sophisticated testing, substances such as certain dyes that can be taken orally and are excreted by the kidney can be used to measure the rate of excretion. Radioopaque substances, substances that will appear on X rays, can be used to detect overt kidney malfunction.

N178 Other acute renal failure N179 Acute renal failure unspecified

Chronic renal failure Excludes chronic renal failure with hypertension ( I12.0 ) N18.0 End-stage renal disease N18.8 Other chronic renal failure N18.9 Chronic renal failure, unspecified Unspecified renal failure Excludes renal failure with hypertension ( I12.0 ) uraemia of newborn ( P96.0 )

Drugs Used In The Treatment Of Anemia Associated With Chronic Renal Failure

Anemia may occur in patients with chronic renal failure as the result of the inability of the kidney to produce ery-thropoietin. Erythropoietin is a glycoprotein hormone synthesized mainly in the kidneys and used to stimulate and regulate the production of erythrocytes or red blood cells (RBCs). Failure to produce the needed erythrocytes results in anemia. Two examples of drugs used to treat anemia associated with chronic renal failure are epoetin alfa (Epogen) and darbepoetin alfa (Aranesp).

Imaging of Hemodialysis Access Fistulas

Hemodialysis Shunt

Recognition of the cause of impaired access function is important to prevent complete thrombosis of the dialysis fistula. The role of MRA in imaging of these fistulas has been evaluated in various studies 18-21 . Although CE MRA is less sensitive to disturbed flow compared to conventional nonenhanced techniques (PC and TOF MRA), flow Fig. 11a. b. Postsurgical CE MRA study in a patient with dialysis access fistula of the lower arm in which insufficient flow was present for adequate dialysis. MIP reconstruction of two consecutive CE 3D MRA datasets (Gd-BOPTA, 0.1 mmol kg acquisition time per dataset 4 sec) demonstrates first (a) early enhancement of the fistula vein (arrowin a) and (b) increasing drainage into collateral veins (arrowheads in b). After surgical occlusion of the collateral veins sufficient flow was achieved Images courtesy of Dr. G. Schneider related artifacts may still be present under the extreme flow conditions that can occur in dialysis fistulas (flow rates may range...

ET Antagonists in Heart Failure Renal Failure and Diabetes Mellitus

Selective ETA antagonists have prevented the progression of diabetic nephropathy in rat models (84). In an acute, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, four-way crossover study, the selective ETa (BQ-123) and ETb (BQ-788) receptor antagonists were given alone and in combination to patients with chronic renal failure (85). The ETa receptor blocker lowered blood pressure and induced renoprotective effects in the chronic renal failure patients. Because the ETB receptor has renal vasodilatory action, combined ETa ETb receptor blockade did not confer these renal benefits, although it did lower blood pressure. On the basis of the experimental and clinical data reported above, a clinical trial has recently been initiated in diabetic nephropathy using an ETa selective receptor blocker. The results of this study, when available, will allow further conclusions on the potential of inhibition of the endothelin system to stop progression of this critical complication of diabetes mellitus.

Hemodialysisrelated outbreaks

In the USA, more than 340 000 patients are on dialysis or have a kidney transplant, with costs estimated at 17 billion per year 31 . The invasive nature of hemodialysis lends itself to outbreaks. Infection is the major cause of death in 15-30 of dialysis patients, with vascular access-related infections being a contributing cause 32 . There have been numerous disease outbreaks originating in hemodialysis centers, as described below (Table 17.3). In hemodialysis, a dialysis machine and a special filter called a dialyzer are used to reduce waste and fluids from the blood of patients with endstage renal disease. A cohort study was carried out in Columbia, South America, to investigate 13 dialysis patients at one dialysis center who were found to be HIV-positive 34 . In 1993, testing of dialysis center patients confirmed a cluster of HIV seroconversions. A cohort study was conducted to determine risk factors for infection. The HIV seroconversion rate was found to be higher among patients...

Other chronic tubulointerstitial nephritis

Chronic tubulo-interstitial nephritis, unspecified interstitial nephritis NOS Tubulo-interstitial nephritis, not specified as acute or chronic Interstitial nephritis NOS Pyelitis NOS Pyelonephritis NOS N14.0 Analgesic nephropathy N14.1 Nephropathy induced by other drugs, medicaments and biological substances N14.2 Nephropathy induced by unspecified drug, medicament or biological substance N14.3 Nephropathy induced by heavy metals N14.4 Toxic nephropathy, not elsewhere classified Other renal tubulo-interstitial diseases N15.0 Balkan nephropathy Balkan endemic nephropathy N15.1 Renal and perinephric abscess N15.8 Other specified renal tubulo-interstitial diseases N15.9 Renal tubulo-interstitial disease, unspecified Infection of kidney NOS

Puberty In Chronic Renal Failure

Disorders of puberty commonly accompany chronic renal failure and require age-appropriate medical management. Although centrally mediated precocious puberty, which is reversed by renal transplantation, has been reported (46), the most characteristic feature of chronic renal failure in boys is delayed puberty with retarded bone age (1). The delayed puberty usually progresses slowly to completion during dialysis, whereas transplantation accelerates maturation unless complicated by poor graft function and or high-dose glucocorticoids (47). Because puberty involves the unleashing by the hypothalamus of pulsatile GnRH secretion that subsequently entrains pituitary gonadotropin secretion, the delayed puberty is further evidence of neuroendocrine dysfunction in uremia. This is consistent with experimental models of chronic renal failure, which show a predominant defect in the regulation of hypothalamic GnRH secretion (12). In concert, these findings raise the issue of gonadotropin or...

Reproductive Endocrinology Of Chronic Renal Failure

Men with chronic renal failure have consistent reduction in circulating testosterone, accompanied by moderate elevations in luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and inhibin-a (1,12). The pathophysiological interpretation of these changes is complex. Prima facie elevated blood gonadotropin and inhibin concentrations, together with moderate reduction in sperm and testosterone production, are indicative of primary (testicular) hypogonadism. Nevertheless, the modest elevations in peptide hormones, despite markedly impaired peptide clearance, together with direct evidence of hypothalamic dysregulation of pulsatile LH and FSH secretion (13), suggest important defects in hypothalamic-pituitary regulation of gonadotropin secretion as well. This functional state of partial gonadotropin deficiency has interesting but largely unexplored therapeutic implications for adjuvant hormonal treatment. The hormonal changes of renal failure become evident with even moderate...

With Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis

The rate of peritonitis associated with continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) is decreasing, down from 2.8 to 0.8 episodes per year (4). S. aureus and coagulase-negative staphylococci account for 50-80 of CAPD peritonitis cases. Streptococci cause approx 10 , of these infections and Gram-negative bacilli are isolated in another 20 of cases. Infections with mycobacteria and fungi are rare but cause serious complications. Sources of peritonitis associated with CAPD include contamination of the catheter during implantation, manipulation of the dialysate tubing, the dialysate fluid itself, and possible bowel perforation. Most often, the peritoneum is infected by organisms that invade along the catheter tract. Lack of proper sterile technique is a major risk factor. The Advisory Committee on Peritonitis Management of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis has published guidelines for treatment of these infections on the Internet. These are available at http...

Acute Renal Failure

In acute renal failure, the ability of the kidneys to excrete wastes and regulate the homeostasis of blood volume, pH, and electrolytes deteriorates over a relatively short period of time (hours to days). There is a rise in blood creatinine concentration and a decrease in the renal plasma clearance of creatinine. This may be due to a reduced blood flow through the kidneys, perhaps as a result of atherosclerosis or inflammation of the renal tubules. The compromised kidney function may be the result of ischemia caused by the reduced blood flow, but it may also result from excessive use of certain drugs, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as phenacetin.

Salt Blood Pressure and Kidney

Diabetic Nephropathy

Early period of high salt diet in salt-sensitive hypertensives. Generally, when salt loading after the low salt diet starts to be given, urinary Na excretion gradually increases, leading to the elevation of BP by Na retention. In turn, Na excretion reaches and further exceeds the Na intake (so-called 'escape') by pressure natriuresis, and finally returns to the equal level to the net Na intake. The delayed escape of natriuresis caused the greater Na retention in salt-sensitive patients than in non-salt-sensitive ones, resulting in the greater elevation of BP. Supporting it, the salt loading-induced rise in BP was accompanied with the greater increment of cardiac output (CO) in salt-sensitive patients 2 . The increase in BP was positively correlated with retained Na and increase in CO. Therefore, the impaired renal function for Na excretion plays an important role in salt-induced hypertension in humans. Guyton 5 proposed that all types of hypertension basically have the impaired renal...

An Overview of Blood Pressure Regulation Associated with the Kidney

Goldblatt Kidney Model

Recent clinical and experimental studies have demonstrated that the blockade of the RAS produced an improvement of symptoms and survival rate of patients with congestive heart failure. We examined the role of vasopressin in congestive heart failure induced by rapid right ventricular pacing in dogs. In the dogs with impaired cardiac function, effective RBF and GFR were decreased mainly due to reduction of cardiac output. In these dogs, plasma renin activity, norepinephrine and vasopressin were all elevated. Murakami et al. 58 provided interesting data by studying the dogs with impaired cardiac function. They compared the acute effects of an ACE inhibitor and an angiotensin type 1 receptor antagonist on cardiac output and RBF. Interestingly, these two types of drugs showed distinct effects captopril increased both cardiac output and RBF, however, losartan increased RBF but failed to alter cardiac output. Furthermore, Matsumoto et al. 59 found a synergistic action with an ACE inhibitor...

Role Of Hyperglycemia In The Development Of Complications Evidence To Date

Nephropathy or by three or more insulin injections) or to conventional therapy (one or two daily insulin injections). The subjects were followed for a mean of 6.5 years, and the appearance and progression of retinopathy and other complications were assessed regularly. The trial demonstrated conclusively that control of clinical hyperglycemia, as evidenced by a reduction in HbA,c, reduced retinopathy by 75 , nephropathy by 54 , and neuropathy by 60 . There was also a 41 reduction in macrovascular disease, but this was not statistically significant because of the low number of events. The Stockholm Diabetes Intervention Study (SDIS) also evaluated the benefit of glycemic control in type 1 subjects. In this trial, 43 subjects were randomized to intensified conventional treatment (ICT) and 48 subjects randomized to standard treatment (ST). Subjects were followed for 10 years while vascular complications, treatment side effects, well-being, and risk factors for complications were studied....

The Physical Laws Obeyed by the Blood and Blood Vessels

The axioms of the classical continuum mechanics are listed in Table 1. This includes the laws of conservation of mass and energy, the Newton's laws of motion, the immutable constitutive equations of the materials, the invariability of the zero-stress state of solids, the constancy of mechanical properties of solids, and the constancy of material composition of solids. Classically, these were considered as universal truth. Much of our modern civilization was developed on the basis of these axioms. Airplanes, ships, telescopes, microscopes, artificial heart valves, and kidney dialysis machines were designed on the basis of these classical axioms.

Factors Influencing Outcome from ARF

Many investigators have found death from ARDS to be primarily related to the degree of organ dysfunction 24, 29,46 . Doyle et al. 2 found that multiple organ failure (MOF), liver disease, and sepsis were the main factors contributing to death. Other important prognostic factors include age 28, 29, 47 and the development of acute renal failure 48 . The prognostic value of the degree of hypoxemia is not well established. Luhr et al. 37 emphasized that the degree of hypoxemia was unimportant in terms of mortality prediction. Likewise, Valta et al. 36 reported that the PaO2 FiO2 ratio at the onset of ARDS was similar in survivors and nonsur-vivors.

Historical Perspective

Around the late 1940s, health care delivery changed and has continued to evolve exponentially to the present day. Antibiotics were developed drugs controlling cardiovascular and respiratory conditions became available chemotherapy and radiotherapy were increasingly used for cancer dialysis and other supportive interventions for chronic conditions became widely available diagnostic procedures enabled us to image and understand much of the body's disease processes previously guessed at by external signs and symptoms and the number of noninvasive and invasive surgical options expanded.

Tissue Remodeling Fibrosis

Tial fibrosis are greater than from control individuals (102), and patients with idiopathic interstitial pulmonary fibrosis show evidence of mast cell degranulation and elevated mast cell numbers (103). In the kidney tissue of patients with IgA nephropathy, mast cell numbers correlate with the degree of interstitial fibrosis and creatinine clearance. In these kidney tissues, mast cells express tryptase and bFGF (104), which may be partially responsible for the fibrosis observed. The mast cell appears to be the dominant source of bFGF in some patients with pulmonary fibrosis (105). Similarly, patients with pulmonary fibrosis associated with scleroderma show higher numbers of mast cells and quantities of histamine and tryptase in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid than patients with normal chest roentgenograms (106). Mast cells also are found in intimate contact with myofibroblasts in keloid scars, suggesting they may play a role in fibroblast activation and scar formation (107). Thus, it...

Crystalinduced disease

Nontraumatic hemarthrosis may be seen with anticoagulation, after dialysis, or with benign neoplasms such as pigmented villonodular synovitis, synovial osteochondromatosis, or hemangioma of the synovium. Diagnosis is confirmed with synovial biopsy, arthroscopy, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Suggested Readings

Recombinant human erythropoietin in anemic subjects with end-stage renal disease results of phase III multicenter clinical trial. Am Intern Med 1989 111 992. Sinai-Trieman L, Salusky I, et al. The use of subcutaneous recombinant erythropoi-etin in children undergoing continuous cycling peritoneal dialysis. J Pediatr 1989 114 550.

Bloodpressure Control

Comment Hypertension is a significant risk factor for many of the complications of diabetes, playing a role in the development of retinopathy, nephropathy, and cardiovascular disease. Because cardiovascular disease is the most significant contributor to the morbidity and mortality in patients with type 2 diabetes, aggressive regulation of blood pressure is advised. A recent clinical advisory from the National High Blood Pressure Education program (7) indicates that the coexistence of diabetes and hypertension warrants a lower blood pressure goal (135 80) than for the patient with hypertension who does not have diabetes (140 90). ACE inhibitors, and perhaps angiotensin-receptor blockers, offer many advantages in the treatment of hypertension in the patient with diabetes. There is evolving research examining the role of these agents in vascular reactivity, endothelial function, and fibrinolysis that may underlie the recent exciting observation from the MICRO-HOPE study of a protective...

Enzymelinked Immunosorbent Assay

Rabbit IgG was purified from normal rabbit serum by precipitation with 1js saturated (NH4)2S04. After dialysis against phosphate-buffered saline (0.15 M NaCl-0.015 M sodium phosphate buffer (pH 7.2)) the material was used for immuni- The conditions for conjugation, by means of glutardialdehyde11, of alkaline phosphatase (Sigma Type II, 16 units mg) have been described4. In the present study we used the Sigma Type VII enzyme, which is a suspension of 5 mg ml protein in 2.6 M (NH4)2S04. The procedure of conjugation was as follows 0.3 ml of the suspension was centrifuged in the cold at about 1000 rev. min for 10 min. 0.2 ml of the clear supernatant was discarded. To the remaining 0.1 ml, containing the enzyme as a pellet, was added 0.1 ml of a solution containing 0.5 mg pure rabbit IgG. The mixture thus obtained contained 10 mg protein per ml at a IgG alkaline phosphatase ratio of 1 3. After dialysis overnight against phosphate-buffered saline, 10 A of 4.2 glutardialdehyde in...

Immunoinformatics in improving transplantation outcomes

Renal failure is an increasing problem around the world, with a rising incidence largely due to the rising incidence of type 2 diabetes. Although dialysis is a short-term solution, renal transplantation remains the optimum solution both for restoring quality of life and for increasing life expectancy of patients. A major limitation to renal transplantation is the supply of donor kidneys. Although success rates from renal transplantation continue to improve, a significant number of donor kidneys continue to be lost due to rejection or recurrent disease. Consequently, a significant number of renal transplant recipients require a second or subsequent graft. The ability to improve the graft success rate and thereby reduce the number of patients requiring multiple grafts would both improve patient outcomes and increase availability of donor kidneys for primary recipients. To further demonstrate the applicability of an immunoinformatic approach to organ transplantation we performed a study...

Preadministration Assessment

Before the administration of the first dose of a cephalosporin, it is important to obtain a general health history. The health history includes an allergy history, a history of all medical and surgical treatments, a drug history, and the current symptoms of the infection. If the patient has a history of allergy, particularly a drug allergy, the nurse explores this area to ensure that the patient is not allergic to a cephalosporin. Patients with a history of an allergy to penicillin may also be allergic to a cephalosporin (see Chap. 7) even though they have never received one of these drugs. If an allergy to either of these drug groups is suspected, the nurse informs the primary health care provider of this before the first dose of the drug is given. Liver and kidney function tests may be ordered by the primary health care provider. The nurse should check to be sure any cultures for sensitivity testing are done before the first dose of the drug is administered.

The Practice of Clinical Neurotransplantation

The survival and integration of transplanted nerve cells depends on their plastic growth capacities at the stage of maturation in which they have not yet fully developed their complex neurite connections and bio-electrical interactions. In the brain developmental period each type of nerve cells has its own time window of birth and its own pace of maturation. The transplantation of entire brain sub-regions might thus easily result in one cell type surviving and another, more mature, cell type failing to do so. Consequently, a large brain part may survive transplantation as a tissue mass, but it can or will not easily develop its normal organisation in the recipient brain, nor develop the proper connections with, or within, the damaged neuronal systems of the brain. In other words, neurotransplantation strategies in human patients add new cells of particular types (cell suspensions), or place fragments of immature brain structures (minced tissue) but cannot aim to replace entire brain...

Affinitychromatography on heparincross linked columns

Heparin-agarose affinity chromatography has been used to isolate LF from human milk whey in a single chromatographic step (Blackberg & Hernell, 1980). Al-Mashikhi and Nakai (1987) have used heparin-sepharose affinity chromatography to isolate LF from cheddar cheese whey. In this procedure, whey is dialyzed against 0.05M NaCl in 0.005 M sodium barbital-HCl buffer, pH 7.4. Whey solution is applied to a heparin-agarose column equilibrated with the above dialysis buffer. Protein is eluted at a flow rate of 48 ml h using a continuous gradient of 0.05M to 1.0 M NaCl constituted in the dialysis buffer. Fractions are collected and absorbance is read at 280 nm. Rejman et al. (1989) used this method to isolate bLF from mammary secretions collected during the nonlactating period. About 1600 absorbance units (280 nm) of whey protein were efficiently separated by the heparin-agarose column (packed with 2.0 x 16.5 cm of Affi-Gel heparin agarose from Bio-Rad) into four absorbance peaks. LF was...

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveillance systems

Dialysis Surveillance Network In 1999, the CDC created the Dialysis Surveillance Network as a voluntary national network of adult and pediatric dialysis facilities. The purpose was to provide a method for individual hemodialysis centers to record rates of vascular access infections, other bacterial infections, disease control and prevention measures, and to provide rates for comparisons among various dialysis centers. Participating centers enter the data in a user-friendly form or use the Internet-based system for data entry. A computer algorithm then determines whether the infection case definitions are met. The participation in this system is free and the reports can be generated as frequently as the participating center needs. The summary data are released, but the data from the individual centers are only released to the dialysis center reporting it 30,31 . The information in these surveys regarding devices used during dialysis is so general that they are of very limited utility...

Largescale production of hybridomas

Monoclonal antibodies can be produced in dialysis tubing, where the antibody yields are up to 1 mg ml (standard culture supernatant is up to 5 p,g ml). A high concentration of cells (107 ml) in 10 ml of medium supplemented with 10 FCS is placed in a dialysis tube (pore size 12000-14000) and then into an 800-ml tissue culture flask The flask is fed with RPMI-1640 medium containing 2 FCS and 2 primatone (Kraft, Norwich, NY, USA) and placed in a rotator in a C02 incubator (17). A similar system using dialysis tubing fixed inside a roller bottle was described by Pannell and Milstein in 1992 (18). The yield of 1-2 mg ml obtained with this method is good. The reader is referred to Andersen and Gruenberg (19) and von Wedel (20) for more information on other large-scale production methods.

Cardiovascular Complications In Diabetes

The coexistence of diabetes and hypertension causes a very high risk for the development of macrovascular and microvascular complications. In patients with diabetes, 30 to 75 of complications can be attributed to hypertension (12). Risk for cardiovascular disease increases significantly when hypertension coexists with diabetes mellitus (13,14). Moreover, hypertension has a greater impact on cardiovascular diseases in diabetic as compared with nondiabetic subjects (15). Diabetic patients have a higher incidence of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, and left ventricular hypertrophy when hypertension is present. The incidence of other macrovascular complications, such as stroke and peripheral vascular disease, also increases significantly when hypertension exists in diabetic patients. Moreover, in addition to macrovascular complications, hypertension accelerates the risk of microvascular complications. Diabetic nephropathy (16,17), retinopathy (18-20), and neuropathy (21)...

Metabonomics in Disease Diagnosis

In addition to characterization of disease states, NMR-based metabonomic analysis offers an efficient means to monitor the response of patients to drug therapy or other therapeutic interventions. For example, in a study of patients with end-stage renal failure, the response of patients to hemodialysis was monitored. Plasma samples were obtained from healthy subjects and from patients with renal failure immediately preceding and following hemodialy-sis. Samples were analyzed by NMR spectroscopy and mapped with pattern-recognition methods. Samples obtained from the majority of patients following hemodialysis were observed to map more closely to the cluster of samples obtained from healthy subjects than those samples obtained prior to dialysis therapy, with the exception of one patient who responded badly to the therapy and mapped separately to all other samples 13 . Thus, this methodology can be used to select appropriate therapies for patients.

Bursting in the Pancreatic Cell

In response to glucose, -cells of the pancreatic islet secrete insulin, which causes the increased use or uptake of glucose in target tissues such as muscle, liver, and adipose tissue. When blood levels of glucose decline, insulin secretion stops, and the tissues begin to use their energy stores instead. Interruption of this control system results in diabetes, a disease that if left uncontrolled can result in kidney failure, heart disease, and death. It is believed that electrical bursting, a typical example of which is shown in Fig. 6.1A, plays an important (but not exclusive) role in the release of insulin from the cell. Other aspects of insulin secretion and the control of blood glucose are discussed in Chapter 19. In this chapter we focus on models for the bursting electrical activity observed in single cells and cell clusters.

Nephrotoxicity from Medical Treatment

Glomerulonephritis and interstitial nephritis have also been described, although with a very low incidence, after long-term administration of aminosalicylates (ASA) 102-105 . In a series of 2 940 patients on mesalamine, only 0.3 developed mild signs of nephrotoxicity 106 . Another prospective survey among 27 European centres found that only 13 (0.8 ) of 1529 patients on 5-ASA therapy, only 13 (0.8 ) had renal impairment 107 . Sulphasalazine is even safer and it has been successfully given in patients who developed interstitial nephritis with mesalamine 108 . The mechanism of ASA toxicity is unknown. The fact that its occurrence is so uncommon and that it is not related to dosage or duration of treatment, has suggested that the reported cases might have been rather secondary to a hypersensitivity reaction 103, 106 . Permanent damages can be avoided with early recognition of nephropathy and prompt discontinuation of the responsible drug 103, 104 .

Promoting an Optimal Response to Therapy

RISK FOR INEFFECTIVE TISSUE PERFUSION RENAL. When the patient is taking a drug that is potentially toxic to the kidneys, the nurse must carefully monitor fluid intake and output. In some instances, the nurse may need to perform hourly measurements of the urinary output. Periodic laboratory tests are usually ordered to monitor the patient's response to therapy and to detect toxic drug reactions. Serum creatinine levels and BUN levels are checked frequently during the course of therapy to monitor kidney function. If the BUN exceeds 40 mg dL or if the serum creatinine level exceeds 3 mg dL, the primary health care provider may discontinue the drug therapy or reduce the dosage until renal function improves.

Predictors of nonresponse

Other studies have confirmed the predictive roles of increasing age, male gender, smoking status, and obesity that may be alternatively represented by higher weight-height index 33,36,46-49 . Medical conditions that compromise the immune system may negatively affect the response to hepatitis B vaccine. In a cohort of homosexual males, low antibody response of anti-HBs < 10 mlU mL or nonresponse to hepatitis B vaccine occurred in seven of 16 patients infected with HIV compared with six of 68 HIV-negative vaccinees (P 0.002). Furthermore, the median anti-HBs titers after immunization in the HIV-negative and HIV-positive responders were 205 and 15 sample ratio units, respectively 50 . Other risk factors for nonresponse include other conditions that may compromise the immune system, such as chronic cardiopulmonary disorders, renal failure, hemodialysis, and prior organ transplantation (Box 2) 51 .

Physiological Side Effects of Cellular Implants

So far, patients who have received pig organ or tissue transplants (Nasto 1997 Stoye et al. 1998 Heneine et al. 1998) or who have undergone dialysis using pig kidneys (Patience et al. 1998) have shown no signs of porcine virus-induced pathogenesis. Clinical studies with porcine embryonic mes-encephalic dopaminergic grafts in the brain should always include long-term, post-operative screening on the expression of PERVs in serum samples (Isacson and Breakefield 1997). Possible consequences for the patient when hazardous viruses do show up have hardly been considered in the neurotransplantation field. If it affects just the patient, it is to be regarded simply as a side effect. If it becomes a highly transmittable, life-threatening disease, it could require, in extreme cases, the isolation of the person receiving the xenotransplant.

Intermediate Kca Channels

Clotrimazole is currently in clinical trials for the treatment of sickle cell disease (Brugnara et al., 1996). This disease is caused by a single point mutation in the haemoglobin molecule, which renders it less soluble in the deoxyge-nated form. Consequently, it precipitates out of solution within the cell more readily. When this happens, the erythrocyte is no longer sufficiently distensible to pass through the small capillaries so that the sickled cells block the microvasculature and cause local tissue hypoxia. Such a sickle cell crisis is extremely painful and, because the sickled cells are more fragile and have a shorter life, may lead to chronic anaemia. Kidney failure may result if sickled erythrocytes block the renal vasculature. The sickle attacks are triggered by hypoxia, by protons, and by elevated temperature, all of which cause dehydration of the red blood cell and thus an increase in the haemoglobin concentration, which precipitates sickling. IK channels contribute to...

Vaccine nonresponse and its management

The nonresponse of renal failure patients to hepatitis B vaccine is due to immunosuppression attributable to uremia, inadequate dialysis, use of low biocompatibility dialysis material, hyperparathyroidism, anemia, iron overload, and malnutrition 94 . Efficient hemodialysis may significantly improve the response to vaccination 95 . In a pilot study of vaccine-naive hemodial-ysis patients randomized to receive GM-CSF followed 24 hours later by one

Intervertebral Disc Degeneration

Vacuum Cleft Mri

Also present with high T2 signal in the disc space. One such scenario occurs when there is complete loss of disc height at a given disc level associated with segmental instability, which results in a pseudoarthrosis of the adjoining endplates. The result is similar to the Baastrup's phenomenon, in which fluid is noted at the friction point between adjacent spinous processes. Other causes of pseudoarthrosis, such as when an unstable fracture complicates ankylosing spondylitis or spinal fusion, can also simulate infectious discitis (Fig. 2). Additional rare mimics include neuropathic (Charcot) spine and dialysis-related spondyloarthropathy (11). In some cases, disc biopsy is needed to exclude infection, which can be performed using either fluoroscopic or CT guidance.

Clinical features

Acidotic breathing - hyperventilation, deep breathing - may develop in severely ill patients who are shocked, hypoglycaemic, hyperparasitaemic or in renal failure. This is usually due to lactic acidosis, and lactic acid concentrations in both blood and CSF are raised. Perfusion is improved by correcting hypovolaemia.

Cellular Identity of the Donor Cell

Similarly, there is mounting evidence suggesting the donor cell type might influence the phenotype of cloned mice. When cumulus cells were used as nuclear donors, many cloned mice became obese (Tamashiro et al. 2002). In contrast, mice derived from sertoli cells of the same genetic background did not become obese, but instead died prematurely with some signs of tumorigenesis and kidney failure (Ogonuki et al. 2002). Our own analysis of placental transcriptional profiles from cloned mice revealed abnormalities in gene expression that were common to all cloned animals. However, we also detected gene expression abnormalities that were present in all animals cloned from cumulus cells but that were not found in animals cloned from ES cells, which had their own set of common abnormalities that were not found in cumulus clones (Humpherys et al. 2002). Together, these results suggest there may be incomplete cell-type specific reprogramming of the donor nucleus, and that these cell-type...

Preparing of the patient for CT angiography

Before the study all phases of the examination should be explained to the patient to obtain good quality images without moving artefacts. A history of previous hyper-sensibility reactions of the patient should be asked, especially if caused by iodinated contrast agents. Because the contrast media may be nephrotoxic, before CT angiography renal function should be evaluated to avoid use of contrast media for patients at risk for contrast-induced renal failure 72 . The screening of renal function with laboratory tests, most often serum creatinine, from patients without risk factors has been questioned based on a study with 2034 outpatients, because renal function impairment is very seldom among patients without known risk factors 73 . Recently, the European Society of Urogenital Radiology has produced a simple guideline on serum creatinine measurements before iodinated contrast medium administration 72 . If needed, sufficient hydration for the patient...

Common abnormalities

Systemic hypertension is common, particularly in the elderly, has no specific symptoms but, if untreated, can lead to death or morbidity from heart disease, cerebrovascular accident or renal failure. Clinical assessment of the hypertensive patient has three aims

Adverse Reactions

The skeletal muscle relaxants are used with caution in patients with a history of cerebrovascular accident, cerebral palsy, parkinsonism, or seizure disorders and during pregnancy (Pregnancy Category C) and lactation. Carisoprodol is used with caution in patients with severe liver or kidney disease and during pregnancy (category unknown) and lactation. Cyclobenzaprine is used cautiously in patients with cardiovascular disease and during pregnancy (Pregnancy Category B) and lactation. Dantrolene is a Pregnancy Category C drug and is used with caution during pregnancy. See Chapter 25 for information on diazepam.

Therapeutic Implications

Consideration of the known derangements in platelet function, the coagulation system, and the fibrinolytic system and their probable contributions to exacerbation of macrovascular disease in type 2 diabetes give rise to several therapeutic considerations. Stringent glycemic control is an imperative to protect patients against microvascular complications including nephropathy, retinopathy, and neuropathy. However, we believe it should be achieved under conditions in which prevailing concentrations of insulin in blood are minimized. Furthermore, adjunctive measures are likely to be helpful. Empirical use of aspirin (160 to 325 mg day in a single dose) seems appropriate in view of the high likelihood that covert coronary artery disease is present even in asymptomatic subjects with type 2 diabetes and the compelling evidence that prophylactic aspirin reduces the risk of heart attack when coronary disease is present. Reduction of angiotensin-II and IV levels, known to stimulate PAI-1...

Eosinophils Outside The Lung

Peritoneal invasion with a variety of fungal organisms can occur in patients receiving continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) and in some cases is associated with an eosinophilic infiltrate (Ampel et al. 1988 Lee et al. 1997 Nankivell et al. 1991). The cell wall fraction from H. capsulatum induced peritoneal eosinophilia through an IL-5 dependent mechanism. In a murine model of infection with H. capsulatum or inoculation with H. capsulatum derived beta-glucan, leukotrienes were demonstrated to play and important role in the recruitment of eosinophils and other inflammatory cells (Medeiros et al. 2004, 2004 Sa-Nunes et al. 2004).

Enterohemorrhagic E coli

E. coli O157 H7 infection often causes severe bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps sometimes the infection causes nonbloody diarrhea or no symptoms. Usually, little or no fever is present and the illness resolves in 5-10 days. In some cases, particularly in children under 5 years of age and the elderly, the infection can also cause a complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome, in which the red blood cells are destroyed and the kidneys fail. About 2-7 of infections lead to this complication. In the United States, hemolytic uremic syndrome is the principal cause of acute kidney failure in children, and most cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome are caused by E. coli O157 H7.

The MiniPERM Bioreactor

Miniperm Bioreactor

The MiniPERM bioreactor is our method of choice for the high-density culture of hybridoma cells (Fig. 1). The modular system, consisting of a 40-mL disposable culture chamber and a 550-mL reusable nutrient module separated by a dialysis membrane (12.5 kDa molecular weight cutoff), allows for the production of a low-volume, high-density cell population with a correspondingly high antibody yield.

Medical Complications of Glucose Intolerance and Diabetes Mellitus

Finally, many diabetic patients suffer a great deal from microvascular-and macrovascular-induced nephropathy, which can cause hypertension, proteinuria, and a decrease in the glomerular filtration rate, leading to renal failure. Indeed, diabetic nephropathy accounts for approximately 25 of end-stage renal failure cases in the United States (Expert Committee on the Diagnosis and Classification of Diabetes Mellitus 2000) and is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in diabetic patients.

Preoperative Considerations Patient Selection

A medical history should focus on the patient's urologic history along with surgical risks and concomitant medical problems. Urologic history should include a history of sexually transmitted diseases, kidney stones, trauma, previous catheterizations, genitourinary cancer, renal insufficiency, neurologic disease, and neurogenic bladder. Medical conditions that may influence bladder functioning include diabetes and neurologic diseases. Surgical risks predominantly are the result of renal failure, coronary artery disease, and cerebrovascular disease. Medicines containing a-sympathomimetics, including over-the-counter cold remedies, enhance bladder outlet obstruction. A family history should focus on a history of urologic cancer, and a social history should focus on risks for cancer such as smoking and occupational exposure.

Differential diagnosis

Systemic lupus erythematosus and other connective tissue disorders. The symmetric joint inflammation of RA and SLE may be indistinguishable. However, in SLE, erosions do not develop, and the joint disease is commonly accompanied by such manifestations of SLE as fever, serositis, nephritis, dermatitis, cytopenias, and antinuclear antibody (ANA) and anti-DNA seropositivity. Other connective tissue disorders, such as scleroderma and the vasculitides, may present with an RA-like polyarthritis, or this may develop later.

Detection And Diagnosis Of Abnormal Glucose Metabolism In Insulin Resistance Syndrome

The rationale used for establishing these diagnostic categories is that several studies have demonstrated a close, although not perfect, association between a fasting plasma glucose concentration of 126 mg dL and the 2-h OGTT value of 200 mg dL and both of these levels correlate well with the appearance of microvascular complications of diabetes including retinopathy, nephropathy, and neuropathy. It is also recognized that IFG and IGT are both conditions that are associated with an increased risk of developing overt type 2 diabetes mellitus and an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Although these criteria are based solely on measurements of plasma glucose, they do, in fact, reflect the interaction between insulin resistance and pancreatic beta-cell function as described previously. There is now great interest in examining the effects of lifestyle modifications that emphasize weight reduction and increased physical exercise or treatment with medications that decrease insulin...

Adverse Effects of Aminosalycilates

Mild side effects of sulfasalazine (mainly headache, nausea, epigastric pain, and diarrhoea) occur in 10-45 of patients, whereas serious idiosyncratic reactions (including Stevens Johnson syndrome, pancreatitis, agranulocytosis, or alveolitis) are rare. These reactions are mainly associated with the sulphonamidic part of the molecule, which explains why mesalazine or olsalazine are associated with a frequency of adverse events (diarrhoea, headache, nausea, and rash, bloody diarrhoea) similar to placebo 30, 31 . No comparison between balsalazide and placebo has been published, but adverse events are lower than with sulfasalazine 31 . A population based study found that renal derangement (interstitial nephritis and nephrotic syndrome) is associated with disease severity rather than with dosage or type of mesalazine and that, in any case, the risk is only marginally increased (OR 1.60 vs. normal) 32 . Patients with pre-existing renal impairment or using other potentially nephrotoxic...

High Throughput Inlets and Microfabricated Fluidic Systems

Rapid technological developments in nanotechnology (reviewed in Reference 159) have led to the exploration of microfluidic devices both for sample preparation and as sample introduction devices for mass spectrometric analyses. There is an increasing need for large-scale, high-throughput analysis of exceedingly small sample quantities in several research areas,160 most notably in proteomics (Section 6.1.1). Despite the huge differences in physical dimensions, microdevices can be conveniently interfaced with ESI sources because of similar flow rate requirements (reviewed in References 160,161). Sample preparation protocols, such as cleanup by dialysis,157 enzymatic digestion,162 preconcentration,141 and separation of proteins and their digested products by electro-kinetic or chromatographic approaches have been accomplished on single microchips.35,39,163,164 In most cases, microfabricated and chip-based interfaces for CE-MS have used ESI for ionization.165,166 A 100-element...

Experimental knowledge

Connective tissue disorders (Ehlers-Danlos, Marfan syndrome, pseudoxanthoma elasticum), fibro-muscular dysplasia, cystic medial necrosis, intimal fi-broelastic aberrations have been associated with carotid dissections 40 , 17 42 . Intracranial aneurysms, polycystic kidney disease, widened aortic root and arterial redundancies (kinks, coils and loops) are also commonly associated with dissections suggesting an underlying generalized arteriopathy 17 ,

Contraindications Precautions And Interactions

These drugs are used with caution in patients with tachycardia, cardiac arrhythmias, hypertension, hypotension, those with a tendency toward urinary retention, those with decreased liver or kidney function, and those with obstructive disease of the urinary system or gastrointestinal tract. The anticholinergic drugs are given with caution to the older adult.

Steps Of Process Development For Largescale Protein Crystallization

In this stage of identifying the operating window,'' 5-50 mg ml protein solution can be used at as low as 500 ml volume. Of course, these values may vary depending on the solubility and availability of the target protein. When the quantity of the protein sample is the limiting factor, several screening methods have been proposed. Dialysis button was used by which protein could be easily reused by dialysis against a buffer to remove precipitant. Carter et al. (1988) used this in an incomplete factorial approach. Jancarik and Kim (1991) described the use of a sparse set of conditions, which was later developed commercially. The idea was to provide a broad sampling by random combination of conditions initially and then improve on them later.

Special management considerations

SLE patients appear to tolerate long-term hemodialysis as well as any population with chronic renal failure. Clinical impressions suggest that SLE patients may have more quiescent disease once on dialysis, but they may still occasionally experience SLE disease activity.

Biotinylation of the Oxidized Antibody

Desalt the biotinylated antibody by dialysis or gel filtration. Note that after hydrazide-based biotinylations, many researchers feel that it is necessary to stabilize the linkages between the hydrazides and aldehydes by treating the conjugate with sodium cyanoborohydride.

Diffusionweighted MR Imaging

Diffusion-weighted imaging is feasible for assessment of vascular related renal dysfunction. Larger B factors are necessary to eliminate the confounding influences of glomerular filtration, tubular reabsorption, tubular secretion and urine flow on the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) 46 . The cortex of ischemic kidneys shows lower ADC values than that of the contralateral ones because significantly reduced blood flow may have more physiological impact on cortex than medulla. In acute or chronic renal failure caused by other factors, both cortex and medulla show reduced ADC values 47 .

The Kidneys Normally Maintain K Balance

The major cause of K+ imbalances is abnormal renal K+ excretion. The kidneys may excrete too little K+ if the dietary intake of K+ continues, hyperkalemia can result. For example, in Addison's disease, a low plasma aldosterone level leads to deficient K+ excretion. Inadequate renal K+ excretion also occurs with acute renal failure the hyperkalemia caused by inade-

Our Experience with the MET

A number of reports have described the benefits of the MET (10-13). Data was collected at Austin Hospital before and after introduction of the MET to assess its impact on cardiac arrests, serious adverse events, and hospital mortality. Studied over 2 comparative 4-month periods, for surgical patients the introduction of an ICU-based MET was associated with a 65 reduction in hospital cardiac arrests and 26 reduction in hospital mortality (14) (Figure 15.3). A number of serious adverse events were studied in a cohort of patients undergoing major surgery during these same periods. The MET was associated with a statistically significant reduction in the frequency of severe sepsis, respiratory failure requiring ventilation, stroke, emergency ICU admission, and acute renal failure requiring renal replacement therapy, and also in the number of postoperative deaths (15) (Figure 15.4). Substantial cost savings, far exceeding the cost of implementing the MET, were estimated based on reduced...

Assessment of Diastolic Function

Diastolic dysfunction is the hallmark of diabetic cardiomyopathy and echocardi-ography is invariably the most commonly employed test at the present time to reliably assess diastolic functional abnormalities. Left ventricular diastolic filling abnormalities in patients with diabetes do not correlate with the duration of diabetes nor with the presence of other complications such as retinopathy, nephropathy, or peripheral neuropathy. In diabetic cardiomyopathy, the initial abnormality of diastolic filling is characterized by a slowed or impaired myocardial relaxation as is the case for most other cardiac diseases. It should be noted that there is a gradual impairment of myocardial relaxation with normal aging, but in pathological states it is more pronounced than what is usually expected for the patient's age. With continued progression of the disease, LV compliance is reduced and elevation in left atrial pressure results in a restrictive LV filling pattern, which initially may be...

Clinical Focus Box 251

Renal tubular acidosis (RTA) is a group of kidney disorders characterized by chronic metabolic acidosis, a normal plasma anion gap, and the absence of renal failure. The kidneys show inadequate H+ secretion by the distal nephron, excessive excretion of HCO3 , or reduced excretion of NH4+.

What is the goal of blood pressure management

The ultimate goal of antihypertensive therapy is to delay, prevent, or reverse blood pressure-related end-organ vascular damage. To achieve this most effectively, blood pressure should be reduced to target levels specified in the current guidelines. The current (seventh) report of the Joint National Committee on prevention, detection, evaluation, and treatment of high blood pressure (JNC7) recommends a goal of < 140 90 mmHg in the general population (16). However, a substantial proportion of patients with metabolic syndrome have diabetes or chronic kidney disease JNC7 and the American Diabetes Association recommend a goal of < 130 80 mmHg for such individuals (16,17). Thus, the physician is challenged to be bold enough to adopt an intensive blood pressure management strategy to achieve and maintain goal blood pressure and protect the patient against future morbidity and mortality.

Clinical presentation

Important predisposing factors of an acute gouty attack include diuretic use, recent surgery, alcohol abuse, chronic renal disease, rapid weight reduction, and infection. A positive family history of gout is helpful in supporting a diagnosis of primary gout. In patients taking cyclosporine, an especially rapidly progressing form of gout can develop, often with tophi.

Clinical Focus Box 252

The kidneys respond to metabolic acidosis by adding more H+ to the urine. Since the plasma HCO3 is primarily lowered, the filtered load of HCO3 drops, and the kidneys can accomplish the complete reabsorption of filtered HCO3 (see Fig. 25.7). More H+ is excreted as titratable acid and NH4+. With chronic metabolic acidosis, the kidneys make more ammonia. The kidneys can, therefore, add more new HCO3 to the blood, to replace lost HCO3 . If the underlying cause of metabolic acidosis is corrected, then healthy kidneys can correct the blood pH in a few days.

Patients Unsuitable For Strict Control

The DCCT demonstrated that any reduction in glycated haemoglobin is associated with a reduced risk of microvascular complications over time, and the benefits are greater with higher glycated haemoglobin concentrations (The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial Research Group, 1996b). A cross-sectional study which suggested that the risk reduction for nephropathy is near-maximal at a glycated haemoglobin of 8 (Krolewski et al., 1995) cannot be extrapolated to other microvascular complications, because in the DCCT no glycaemic threshold (estimated by glycated haemoglobin) for the development of retinopathy was demonstrated in a patient group whose average HbA1c was 7 . The long-term follow-up of the DCCT cohort has confirmed that intensive therapy benefits macrovascular as well as microvascular risk and that its effects are sustained (Writing team for the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications Research Group, 2002). Thus,...

Other Potential Causes of Androgen Deficiency

Men with pre-existing testicular dysfunction (including renal failure) may be more susceptible to further impairment of steroidogenesis caused by medications or illnesses. HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors inhibit cholesterol synthesis and may, therefore, impair steroidogenesis, particularly because adverse events consistent with androgen deficiency (gynecomastia and impotence) have been reported. A prospective, open-label study of 25 nephrotic, hyperlipidemic men with moderate chronic renal failure treated for 12 mo with lovastatin (40 mg d) showed no change in baseline and GnRH-stimulated LH, FSH, and testosterone levels (38). A more discerning test of testicular steroidogenesis, such as testosterone response to submaximal hCG stimulation, was not reported. Adrenal steroidogenesis (plasma cortisol before and after adrenocor-ticotropic hormone ACTH stimulation) was comparable with age-matched healthy controls at entry and remained unchanged by lovastatin treatment. Not surprisingly,...

Microalbuminuria and Antihypertensive Medication

Microalbuminuria (urinary albumin excretion 30-300 mg d) clusters with metabolic syndrome, the prevalence being significantly higher among those with than without metabolic syndrome (12.3 vs 4.7 p 0.004) (31). In many patients, microalbuminuria is attributable to diabetic nephropathy.

Analgesic drugs used postoperatively

The pharmacology of opioid drugs and their side-effects are covered on page 37. In the UK, morphine is most commonly used to control severe postoperative pain on surgical units, and dia-morphine (heroin) on medical wards, for example coronary care units, mainly for historical reasons. There are few pharmacological differences between these two drugs. Morphine can be given by several routes (Table 3.4). One of the principal metabolites, morphine-6-glucuronide (M6G), has potent opioid effects and may accumulate and cause toxicity in patients with renal failure, particularly the elderly. Fentanyl and oxycodone have less active metabolites than morphine and so may be more suitable for these patients.

Pathogenesis and Clinical Features

Yellow fever is a hemorrhagic fever with a difference the liver is the major target, with virus replicating in Kupffer cells and massive necrosis of hepato-cytes leading to a decrease in the rate of formation of prothrombin as well as to jaundice. Although most cases are mild, presenting with fever, chills, headache, backache, myalgia, and vomiting, a minority progress (sometimes after a brief remission) to severe jaundice, massive gastrointestinal hemorrhages (hematemesis and rnelena), hypotension, dehydration, proteinuria, and oliguria signaling kidney failure. Mortality from this severe form of the disease is of the order of 20-50 .

Goodpastures Syndrome

Of the type IV collagen matrix within the basement membrane (Kalluri et al., 1995). When both the lung and kidney are disease targets, the autoantigen is part of thea3(IV)NCl collagen chain. The epitope resides in the C-terminus and consists of a discontinuous association of the last 36 amino acid residues. Over 85 of patients with lung and kidney disease form antibodies directed toward the a3(IV)NCl collagen chain. The kidney is the sole target organ in the remaining 15 of patients with Goodpasture's. These subjects produce antibodies directed toward theal(IV)NCl ora4(IV)NCl collagen chains (Hudson et al., 1993 Kalluri etal., 1995). This collagen form is antigenically and structurally distinct from thea3(IV)NCl chain.

Roberta D Laredo RD CDE

Diabetes nieilitus is a chronic disease resulting Iront absolute or relative insulin deficiency that occurs in both children and adults. Approximately one of every 600 children in the United States has diabetes, making it one of the most common chronic childhood illnesses. Diabetes occurs when insulin, normally produced by the beta cells of the pancreas, is cither absent, insufficient, or not used properly by the target tissues. Glucose builds up in the blood stream when insulin is unavailable to allow it to enter the cells. Long-term elevated blood glucose levels can lead to the chronic complications of diabetes, including retinopathy, nephropathy, neuropathy, and macrovas-cular disease.

Biochemical examination

Proteinuria may be due to increased leakage from the glomeruli, or may be due to tubular dysfunction. Even in health there is some filtration of proteins through the glomeruli, but most is reabsorbed and catabolised by the renal tubules. Proteinuria greater than 2 g per day suggests glomerular disease. Major renal disease may be present without significant proteinuria. This is common in polycystic kidney disease, renal scarring and obstructive uropathy. The proteinuria test strip is impregnated with tetrabromophcnol blue, and false-positive and false-negative results may occur (Table 5.36). The test is relatively insensitive to Bence Jones proteins (immunoglobulin light chains, often found in the urine in myeloma), which should be sought by a specific laboratory test. (microalbuminuria) occur in the early stages of diabetic nephropathy.

Acute and Chronic Complications

The chronic complications of diabetes are microvascular disease (neuropathy, nephropathy, retinopathy), macro-vascular disease (ischemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, peripheral vascular disease), and poor growth and development. Many of the chronic complications can be prevented or delayed with optimal blood glucose control, management of dyslipidemia and hypertension, proper weight management, and smoking cessation.

How might intracranial vascular imaging influence clinical management

However, there are some limitations and disadvantages of CTA as an intracranial vascular imaging technique. Patients undergoing CTA probably have approximately a 0.04 risk of experiencing a severe adverse reaction, and a 0.004 risk of experiencing a very severe adverse reaction to the iodinated contrast agent 63 . Patients who are treated with metformin should discontinue therapy for 48 hours peri-procedur-ally, and an iso-osmolar contrast agent needs to be used in elderly diabetic patients with elevated serum creatinine levels to minimise the risk of contrast-induced renal failure. Therefore, clinicians must follow the guidelines for patient' preparation laid down by the local Radiology department.

Hepaciviruses Hepatitis C and G

The incidence of HCV in Europe is about 0.3 , with a decreasing tendency in the younger segment of the population. About 50 of acute hepatitis cases are HCV infections. Transmission is by blood and blood products. High-risk persons include dialysis patients, healthcare staff, and needle-sharing drug consumers. Perinatal transmission is possible, but sexual contact does not appear to be a risk factor. The transmission route is not apparent in many cases, giving rise to the expression community-acquired infection. Feasible protective measures are the same as in hep

Diseases of the genitourinary system N00N99

N99.0 Postprocedural renal failure N99.1 Postprocedural urethral stricture Postcatheterization urethral stricture N99.2 Postoperative adhesions of vagina N99.3 Prolapse of vaginal vault after hysterectomy N99.4 Postprocedural pelvic peritoneal adhesions N99.5 Malfunction of external stoma of urinary tract N99.8 Other postprocedural disorders of genitourinary system

The Pancreas and Diabetes

The most common endocrine disorder, and a serious public health problem, is diabetes mellitus, a failure of the body cells to use glucose effectively. The excess glucose accumulates in the blood, causing hyperglycemia. Increased urination (polyuria) marks the effort to eliminate the excess glucose in the urine, a condition termed glycosuria. The result is dehydration and excessive thirst (polydipsia). There is also weakness, weight loss, and extreme hunger (polyphagia). Unable to use carbohydrates, the body burns more fat. This leads to accumulation of ketone bodies in the blood and a shift toward acidosis, a condition termed ketoacidosis. If untreated, diabetes will lead to starvation of the central nervous system and coma. Diabetic patients are prone to cardiovascular, neurologic, and vision problems, infections, and, sometimes, renal failure.

Gerontologie Alert

Angina is a common problem in older adults. When an older adult requires an antianginal drug, the dosage may be reduced to compensate for impaired renal function or heart disease. Older patients are at increased risk for postural hypotension. Blood pressure and ability to ambulate should be monitored closely.

Microbial iron acquisition

The ability of malleobactin to mobilize iron from LF and TF was examined in an equilibrium dialysis assay in the absence of bacteria (Yang et al., 1993). Malleobactin was capable of removing iron from both LF and TF at pH values of 7.4, 6.0, and 5.0. However, the levels of iron mobilization were greater for TF than for LF at all the pH values used in the assay. Bordetella bronchiseptica uses a hydroxamate siderophore for removal of iron from LF and TF rather than relying upon a receptor for these host iron-binding proteins (Foster & Dyer, 1993).

Outcomes associated with open surgical AAA repair

Many studies have noted that certain categories of patients have much lower operative mortality rates associated with open repair than those noted above. Examples of this include age < 80, 3.6 16 age < 66, 1.7 17 no renal failure, congestive heart failure or chronic obstructive respiratory disease, < 2 30 . Numerous sources note operative mortality rates of 1-2 in high-volume institutions 30-35 , with rates of about 1 found for these institutions in the past decade 30 .

Display 422 Importance of the Systolic Blood Pressure

In most individuals, the systolic pressure increases sharply with age, whereas the diastolic pressure increases until about age 55 years and then declines. Older individuals with an elevated systolic pressure have a condition known as isolated systolic hypertension (ISH). When the systolic pressure is high, blood vessels become less flexible and stiffen, leading to cardiovascular disease and kidney damage. Research indicates that treating ISH saves lives and reduces illness. The treatment is the same for ISH as for other forms of hypertension.

Discussion general considerations in the comparison of AneuRx outcomes with literature controls

Also, the Medtronic study excluded the highest-risk patients. In particular, the AneuRx study excluded the following high-risk categories 51 American Society of Anesthesiology grade above IV (for some phases of the study, and grade IV and above for other phases) morbid obesity acute renal failure or chronic dialysis active systemic infection < 1 year of life expectancy leaking aneurysm aortic dissection aorto-iliac occlusive disease and extension of the aneurysm into the iliac arteries.

Lessons from clinical trials about optimal pharmacological treatment for the diabetic hypertensive

Of particular interest are several studies illustrating superior outcomes with inhibition of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system in patients who have type 2 diabetes mellitus. These trials led to both ACE-I and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) being recommended as initial therapy in patients with diabetic nephropathy.

Bile Acid Sequestrants

The bile acid sequestrants are contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to the drugs. Bile acid sequestrants are also contraindicated in those with complete biliary obstruction. These drugs are used cautiously in patients with a history of liver or kidney disease. Bile acid sequestrants are used cautiously during pregnancy (Pregnancy Category C) and lactation (decreased absorption of vitamins may affect the infant).

Pancreas transplantation

Pancreas transplantation is used to prevent the sequelae of diabetes, which include damage to the kidneys (nephropathy), nerves (neuropathy) and retinas (retinopathy). Since the purpose of the procedure is to provide biologically responsive insulin-producing tissue, it may be performed with a whole organ, a segmental graft or dispersed islets of Langerhans. Recipients and donor organs are typed for both blood group and human leukocyte antigens and recipients undergo cross-matching.

Gerontologic Alert

The antihyperlipidemic drugs, particularly the HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, have been associated with skeletal muscle effects leading to rhab-domyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis is a very rare condition in which muscle damage results in the release of muscle cell contents into the bloodstream. Rhabdomyolysis may precipitate renal dysfunction or acute renal failure. The nurse is alert for unexplained muscle pain, muscle tenderness, or weakness, especially if they are accompanied by malaise or fever. These symptoms should be reported to the primary health care provider because the drug may be discontinued.

Box 212 Biochemistry In Medicine

Aspirin (now a generic name) is one of a number of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) others include ibuprofen and naproxen (see Fig. 21-15), all now sold over the counter. Unfortunately, aspirin reduces but does not eliminate the side effects of salicylates. In some patients, aspirin itself can produce stomach bleeding, kidney failure, and, in extreme cases, death. New NSAIDs with the beneficial effects of aspirin but without its side effects would be medically valuable.

Lymphoproliferative disorders

Amyloid arthropathy attributed to deposition of AL protein is associated with dysproteinemias, such as multiple myeloma. It occurs in up to 5 of myeloma patients and is more common in men and those with l light chains. This arthropathy can mimic RA and is associated with carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder pad sign, and nodules. Erosions are rarely noted. Additional clinical clues that warrant consideration of amyloidosis are hepatosplenomegaly, congestive heart failure, macroglossia, pinch purpura, raccoon eyes, and nephrosis. Biopsy sites to establish a tissue diagnosis include abdominal fat, rectum, synovium, and bone marrow. (see Chapter 51, section I.)

Gene Transfer of IL10 by Viral Vectors

Prolongation of allogeneic graft survival could as well be obtained when rat IL-10 was used for gene transfer.31 IL-10 gene transfer was as well investigated in models of lung, cornea and kidney transplantation. Successful gene transfer of IL-10 has been as well obtained in models of lung32 and cornea transplantation.33 Data from our group using a full mismatched rat renal allo-transplant model indicate that combined intra-graft gene transfer of IL-4 and IL-10 significantly prolongs survival, whereas IL-4 gene transfer had no effect.34

Gaining Knowledge Through Experimentation

Squid have giant neurons they are so large that physiologists were able to insert electrodes inside them to discover the electrical events that produce nervous impulses and thus information transfer. Beyond this, the neurons are so large that it is possible to remove their contents and substitute artificial solutions to see how this alters neural impulse production. This is how it was discovered that the ions sodium and potassium are responsible for neural impulses. This research started in the 1920's, and developing technology has shown that mammalian neural function operates essentially the same way as squid neural function. Another example of such use of comparative physiology has led to the understanding of kidney function. In the early twentieth century, it was observed that kidney tubules in amphibians such as frogs and salamanders are large enough to allow samples of nephric tubular fluid to be removed and analyzed. Such studies led to the...

Localized amyloidosis

The amyloidoses are of interest to rheumatologists because of their demonstrated association with long-standing inflammatory joint disease accompanied by amyloid deposition in the kidneys, liver, and spleen. However, the clinical presentation of arthropathy is rare it has been seen in association with the deposition of AL protein, the amyloid associated with the immunoglobulin light chain b2-microglobulin in patients with chronic renal failure. Arthropathy is occasionally associated with transthyretin (TTR) amyloid (transthyretin is the precursor of amyloid protein). B. Hemodialysis-related amyloidosis. The second form of amyloid deposition associated with significant articular involvement is the deposition of b2-microglobulin in patients with chronic renal failure undergoing long-term dialysis treatment. Use of the cellulose-based cuprophane dialysis membrane appears to be associated with a higher incidence of amyloidosis the incidence is lower in patients undergoing peritoneal...

Management of Diabetes in Patients with Heart Failure

Poorly controlled diabetes should be managed aggressively in any patient with CHF because the attendant metabolic stress can certainly have adverse effects on myocardial function. Stringent control of blood glucose reduces the incidence of several complications of diabetes, specifically retinopathy, neuropathy, and nephropathy, but no data are available pertaining to the long-term effects of stringent control on diabetic cardiomyopathy or CHF in general in patients with diabetes. To the extent that diabetic cardiomyopathy is caused by hyperglycemia per se (e.g., matrix glycosylation) or the intracellular metabolic effects of reduced glucose transport (e.g., free radical damage to membranes), normalization of carbohydrate metabolism makes intuitive sense. Moreover, stringent control has been shown to modestly reduce event rates after an index myocardial infarction. On the other hand, prolonged hyperinsulinemia may be atherogenic and pro-thrombotic in type II diabetic patients. Thus, it...

Frequency Of Hypoglycaemia In Type 2 Diabetes

The frequency of hypoglycaemia relates to the individual pharmacokinetic properties of each sulphonylurea (Table 11.3), with the long-acting agents such as chlorpropamide, glibenclamide and long-acting glipizide being associated with the greatest risk (Stahl and Berger, 1999 Del Prato et al., 2002 Rendell 2004). Glibenclamide is associated with a greater risk of severe hypoglycaemia than gliclazide (Tessier et al., 1994) because active metabolites prolong its hypoglycaemic effects for 24 hours (Jonsson et al., 2001 Rendell 2004). Glibenclamide also attentuates the glucagon response to hypoglycaemia in non-diabetic volunteers (ter Braak et al., 2002) and in people with type 2 diabetes (Landstedt-Hallin et al., 1999 Banarer et al., 2002). Several drugs may potentiate the hypoglycaemic effects of sulphonylureas (Table 11.4). Risk factors for severe hypoglycaemia associated with sulphonylurea therapy include age, a past history of cardiovascular disease or stroke, renal failure, reduced...

Nursing Diagnoses Checklist

The drug is given three times weekly IV or SC, or if the patient is receiving dialysis, the drug is administered into the venous access line. The drug is mixed gently during preparation for administration. Shaking may denature the glycoprotein. The vial is used for only one dose any remaining or unused portion is discarded.

Critical Thinking Exercises

Garcia, age 54 years, has chronic renal failure. He undergoes dialysis three times a week. The physician orders epoetin alfa to be administered. Discuss the preadministration and ongoing assessments for Mr. Garcia. During a discussion with you, Mr. Garcia asks why he is receiving this drug. Discuss how you would answer Mr. Garcia's question.

Distinction between Irreversibly Damaged Tissue and Tissue at Risk

Compared to MRA, CTA is at least as reliable in demonstrating a vessel occlusion. The combination of CT and CTA may also be more cost-effective than stroke-MRI. The main disadvantages are the additional amount of time needed for imaging. Furthermore, the use of contrast medium is required. Although rarely seen, problems may arise in some patients with renal failure or allergic reactions. With regard to clinical trials, there is also the risk that contrast medium may interfere with the use of new pharmacological therapies.

Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome

During the Korean war of 1950-1952, thousands of United Nations troops developed a disease marked by fever, hemorrhagic manifestations, and acute renal failure with shock the case-fatality rate was 5-10 . The etiologic agent of this disease remained a mystery until 1978 when a virus, named Hantaan virus, was isolated in Korea from the field rodent Apodemus agrarius and identified as a unique bunyavirus. Since then, several related viruses have been found in other parts of the world in association with other rodents. These viruses comprise the genus Hantavirus. Five hantaviruses, Hantaan, Puumala, Belgrade, Seoul, and Muerto Canyon viruses, are associated with human diseases with different epidemiologic patterns, varying clinical manifestations, and a variety of local names (see Table 33-2).

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