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General Outline Urinary Tract Infections Acute Glomerulonephritides Nephrotic syndrome Acute Renal Failure Chronic Renal Failure Approach to Haematuria ______________________________________________________________ Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) Introduction UTI in infants may be associated with bacteraemia or sepsis Pyelonephritis and urinary tract malformations form a major cause of chronic renal failure in childhood Association with vesico-ureteric reflux Indicator of an underlying congenital abnormality that may require surgical intervention 50% of these children have a structural abnormality Symptomatology of UTI in children

Diagnosis of UTI Urine dipstick for nitrites and leukocyte esterases Urine microscopy for pyuria o Boys: >10/ l uncentrifuged urine o Girls: >50/ l uncentrifuged urine Urine microscopy for bacteria

If positive Urine culture o Midstream o Catheter o Suprapubic aspiration Criteria for significant bacteriuria Colony count/ml (Pure culture) GNB: any number GPC: >103 >105 104-105 103-104 <103 >104 3 specimens >105 2 specimens >105 1 specimen > 105 5x104-105 104-5x104 Probability of infection > 99% 95% Infection likely Suspicious, repeat Infection unlikely Infection likely 95% 90% 80% Suspicious, repeat Syptomatic: suspicious, repeat Asymptomatic: infection unlikely Infection unlikely

Method of collection Suprapubic aspiration Transurethral catheterization Clean void Boy Girl

Symptoms of UTI

Specific Frequency Urgency Dysuria Abdominal pain Cloudy urine Loin pain Enuresis

Non-specific Fever, fits Vomiting Diarrhea FTT Jaundice Feeding difficulty Screaming attacks


Predisposing factors Infecting organisms (usually bowel flora) o E.coli : more often in girls o Proteus: more often in boys as it is present under prepuce and predisposes to phosphate stones o Pseudomonas: indicates structural abnormality affecting drainage Incomplete bladder emptying urinary retention and stasis o Infrequent voiding o Hurried micturition o Constipation o Neuropathic bladder o Bladder neck obstruction o Posterior urethral valve Suspect if stone excluded in male infant with bilateral hydronephrosis Vescio-ureteric reflux (VUR) Pelvi-ureteric junction obstruction Clinical classification of UTI Clinical Age Fever Voiding problem Suprapubic pain Loin pain CRP Renal involvement (Cr, US, DMSA scan) Upper Tract < 2 years + + + Lower tract > 2 years + + N -

Useful for diagnosing acute pyelonephritis in the acute stage whereas scans performed 3-6 months later may demonstrate the presence of established scars. o Differential function of the 2 kidneys can be estimated from this scan. MCU (Micturiting cysto-urethrogram) o Gives information on bladder and urethral lesions, on competence of the vesico-ureteric valves and the grade of VUR if present. MAG-3 renogram o If the ultrasound scan of the kidney shows significant pelvicalyceal dilatation, the next investigation would be a 99mTc DTPA or MAG3 renograrn to distinguish between a true mechanical obstruction and nonobstructive pelvicalyceal dilatation. o It also gives the differential function of both kidneys. o Better than IVU as children cannot concentrate contrast well. o

2 yrs

> 2 yrs

Initial investigations of confirmed UTI Ultrasound of urinary tract o Non-invasive procedure which gives information on the renal size and shape, bladder size and configuration, bladder wall thickness, presence of absence of pelvicalyceal and ureteral dilatation. DMSA (Dimercaptosuccinic acid) scan o Radioisotope scan that picks up focal areas of decreased uptake.

Once ultrasound shows hydronephrosis and hydroureter, differential diagnosis include o Vesico-ureteric reflux o Obstruction Bladder outlet obstruction Neurogenic bladder

Posterior urethral valve Vesico-ureteric junction obstruction VUR is best diagnosed by MCU. VUR is significant only in the presence of infection Summary o All children will confirmed UTI will go for a DMSA + MCU EXCEPT o Those with pelvicalyceal dilatation of more than 1cm who will go for a MAG-3 renogram AND o Girls older than 2 years with a first febrile UTI who will go for a DMSA first and proceed to a MCU only if DMSA if positive Most likely infection in these children is likely to be lower tract. Hence once DMSA has ruled out renal scarring, we can begin treatment as for a lower urinary tract infection.

Treatment of UTI Principles of anti-microbial therapy o Organism should be susceptible to the antimicrobial durg, hence the importance of appropriate urine cultures before starting. o The drug should have minimal adverse effects on the major organ systems. o A high concentration of the drug should be present in the urine after administration. o The drug should have a convenient route of administration. Problems of short-course therapy in childhood o Bacteraemia present in 20-30% of children with UTI o Case fatality rate with septicaemia is 10% o Higher incidence of congenital abnormalities including vesicoureteric reflux in the young child. Uncomplicated infections o Oral antibiotics for 5-7 days can be used to initiate treatment. o Response to chosen antibiotics should be seen after 3 days of treatment. o If repeat cultures done then are still +ve, one must consider the possibility of resistant organisms, inadequate drug dosages or drug interactions or an obstructed urinary tract. Complicated infections

Parenteral antibiotics should control the symptoms within 4872h of instituting therapy. o Once results of the antibiotic sensitivity tests are available, one single, appropriate drug should be continued. o Use of aminoglycoside may be hazardous in children with underlying renal abnormalities and renal impairment. o Once the infection is under control, as confirmed by a repeat urine culture after 72h of treatment, the child can be continued on the appropriate oral antibiotics Prophylactic antibiotic therapy (is recommended for) o Children with obstructive uropathies before surgery and up to 6 months post-surgery if the urinary tract remains grossly dilated. o Those with VUR on conservative medical therapy. o Some children with recurrent UTI in the absence of anatomical defects. Local factors should first be excluded i.e. poor hygiene, constipation with infrequent voiding, preputial contamination, incorrect cleaning after defaecation, tight clothing with perineal moisture accumulation. Patient and parental education are useful in minimizing the infective Clinical diagnosis of due episodes. In boys with problems UTI to preputial colonization, circumcision is recommended. If these factors are corrected but the infections persist with symptoms, these children may No benefit from 6 to 12 months of antibiotic prophylaxis. Fever Yes o Upper Tract Infection

Lower Tract Infection


< 12 yrs 7-10 day course

12 yrs 3 day course

< 28 days

28 days

Full sepsis work-up Ampicillin and Gentamicin pending culture results for minimum of 48-72 hours then oral therapy.

Toxic Admit

Non-toxic +/- Admit

1. Trimethoprimsulfamethoxazole (Bactrim) 2. Cephalexin/Cefaclor (G6PD deficient) Review antibiotics once culture results are available.

Parenteral until asymptomatic for 24h then oral to complete 10-14 day course 1. Gentamicin or Amikacin +/- Ampicillin 2. Cefotaxime or Ceftriaxone +/- Ampicillin

Vesico-ureteric reflux (VUR) Introduction VUR is a condition in which urine from the bladder is able to flow back up into the ureter and kidney. It is caused by a problem with the valve mechanism. Pressure from the urine filling the bladder should close the tunnel of the ureter. It should not allow urine to flow back up into the ureter. When the ureter enters the bladder at an unusual angle or when the length of the ureter that tunnels through the bladder wall is too short, reflux can occur. VUR becomes a problem when the urine in the bladder becomes infected. The infected urine easily travels backwards to the kidney and can cause a kidney infection. Kidney infections lead to kidney damage. May be associated with renal dysplasia May be familial Pathophysiology Incomplete bladder emptying as urine returns to bladder from ureters after voiding Pyelonephritis may occur especially if there is intrarenal reflux Bladder voiding pressure transmitted to renal papillae which results in renal damage, hydroureter and clubbed calyces. Infection destroys renal tissue, which results in scarring. o Causes shrunken segment of kidney o Severe bilateral scarring may lead to chronic renal failure o Scars produce increased quantities of renin which leads to hypertension. o Scarring is associated with increased risk of eclampsia in pregnancy. International classification of VUR

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Grade I reflux into non-dilated ureter Grade II reflux into the renal pelvis and calyces without dilatation Grade III mild/moderate dilatation of the ureter, renal pelvis and calyces with minimal blunting of the fornices Grade IV dilation of the renal pelvis and calyces with moderate ureteral tortuosity Grade V gross dilatation of the ureter, pelvis and calyces; ureteral tortuosity; loss of papillary impressions

Causes of VUR Primary o Incompetence of vesico-ureteric (VU) sphincter Anatomical distortion of VU junction Congenital paraureteral diverticulum Ectopic ureter Bladder dysynergia Secondary o Infection o Bladder outlet obstruction Posterior urethral valves Neurogenic bladder Management Conservative (Medical) Grades I-III: spontaneous resolution Long-term antibiotic prophylaxis Surgical Grades IV-V: Progression of scarring (recurrent pyelonephritis) Re-implantation of ureter or endoscopic injection

For grades I-III there is a good chance that the reflux will disappear as the child grows and the bladder matures. These children are given low-dose antibiotics daily, to suppress bacteria from growing. Occasional blood tests and urine cultures may be ordered. An option for patients with grades I-IV is a cystoscopy with injection of Deflux. This is a procedure where under general anesthesia, a small telescope is inserted into the bladder through the urinary opening. A gel (Deflux) is injected where the ureters enter the bladder. A little bulge is formed in the bladder wall, preventing the backflow of urine. This is an outpatient procedure. Patients with "high grade" reflux, grades IV-V, will take low dose antibiotics and have periodic blood tests, x-ray tests and urine cultures done. These children will often need ureteral re-implantation surgery to correct the reflux and prevent progressive damage of the kidneys. VUR grades III-V

Monitor urine cultures - covert bacteriuria - febrile episodes

< 3 yrs old

3-6 yrs old

6 yrs old

Abx prophylaxis for 2 yrs or until age 3

Abx prophylaxis for 2 yrs or until age 6


1 febrile UTI or 2 covert bacteriuria

1 febrile UTI AND 2 covert bacteriuria OR 2 febrile UTI

Covert bacteriuria

1 febrile UTI

2 febrile UTI


Continue till 6 yrs


Treat symptomatic UTI

Abx for 2 yrs and then off


Neurogenic bladder Causes Spina bifida Sacral agenesis (IDM) Autonomic neuropathy Transverse myelitis Spinal cord tumour Spinal cord trauma Non-neurogenic neurogenic bladder (Hinmans syndrome) Unknown etiology

Acute glomerulonephritides Clinical presentation of glomerulonephritides Nephrotic syndrome Acute nephritic syndrome Rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis Chronic gromerulonephritis Asymptomatic haematuria and/or proteinuria Recurrent gross haematuria Complications of acute glomerulonephritides Hypertensive encephalopathy Fluid overload o Acute pulmonary edema o Congestive cardiac failure Acute renal failure o Uremia o Hyperkalemia Management Hypertension o Calcium-channel blockers o ACE inhibitors Fluid overload o Salt and fluid restriction o Loop diuretics Uremia o Protein restriction o Dialysis Hyperkalemia o Dietary K+ restriction o Ion-exchange resins o Emergency drugs o Dialysis

i) ii) Nephrotic syndrome History 1. Biodata 2. Presenting complaint

What investigations were done? Any renal biopsy? What is the diagnosis?

4. History of course of disease

a. Has disease been well controlled? How frequent are relapses, how
frequent are hospitalisations? b. How are relapses treated? Does patient require albumin infusion with diuretics (indicates more severe oedema)? c. Any triggers for relapses e.g. URTI

a. Peripheral oedema what parts of body affected? Limbs? Face?

Perineum (scrotal or vulvar oedema)? Abdominal distension? Breathing difficulty (pleural effusion)?

b. Urine bubbly? Any blood? Any other lower urinary tract symptoms
(frequency, urgency, dysuria, nocturia etc)?

d. Chronic complications of disease

i) Frequent infections e.g. cellulitis (esp scrotal, vulvar), peritonitis, UTI ii) Impaired growth iii) Hypercoagulability DVT, etc iv) Hyperlipidaemia being controlled? v) Did doctor say that renal function was becoming worse? 5. History of treatment and monitoring

c. Any abdominal pain - may be due to 1) Shock with mesenteric vessel

vasoconstriction; 2) Renal venous thrombosis; or 3) Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis on top of ascites

d. Other acute complications:

i) Change in mental state (encephalopathy from sagittal sinus thrombosis) ii) Fits (hyponatraemia) iii) Red warm swollen limb (DVT) iv) Palpitations, dyspnoea, diaphoresis, feeling faint and weak (hypovolaemic shock)

a. What medication is patient on currently?

i) Steroids what is the dose? Any side effects e.g. obesity, hirsutism, acne, thin skin, easy bruising, short stature, hypertension, diabetes, visual problems Steroid sparers: Cyclophosphamide dose? Side effects: neutropaenia (severe infection requiring isolation in hospital; FBC results on follow up), haemorrhagic cystitis, hepatitis, GI irritation, oral ulcers, alopecia etc Chlorambucil dose? Side effects: neutropaenia, seizures, GI symptoms, rash Levamisole dose? Side effects: neutropaenia Cyclosporin A dose? Side effects: renal impairment (has renal biopsy been done to assess nephrotoxicity? Any relapses after cyclosporin stopped poor response to further treatment with cyclosporin Mycophenolate mofetil dose? Side effects: neutropaenia, GI

e. Other systemic symptoms: lethargy, anorexia f. What was the trigger for this particular episode, if any?
3. History of first presentation and diagnosis a. Initial presenting symptoms i) Oedema with facial involvement (anasarca), worse in the morning; oedema involving lower limbs and sacrum, perineum later in the day ii) Proteinuria bubbly urine; any blood? (as above) iii) Any acute complications (as mentioned above) b. Diagnosis


symptoms, rash

generalised oedema c. Parents do they support the patient, remind the patient to take medications etc and take precautions where necessary e.g. not going to crowded places

b. Compliance to medication; if non-compliant, why? c. Monitoring at home daily urine dipstick; any diary to record daily
readings? Weight measurement? d. Adjustment of medication to match dipstick readings (relapse)? If so, what are the indications for change of medication, and what are the changes made?

d. Finances any financial problem due to disease and medical fees? e. Understanding of disease f. Any support groups?

e. Follow-up at hospital with whom? What investigations are done

(e.g. urine dipstick, urinalysis, protein/creatinine ratio etc)? serum creatinine level, urine

8. Other relevant points (as per all paediatrics history-taking) 9. Summary: My patient is (name), a (age/race/gender) who has nephrotic syndrome that is: Steroid sensitive with infrequent relapses/Steroid sensitive with frequent relapses/Steroid dependent/Steroid resistant Currently admitted for relapse with symptoms of (_______) Complicated by (_____) Physical examination 1. General appearance anasarca, signs of Cushings (short, round face, etc) 2. Vitals stable? 3. Pedal oedema pitting (up to what level? Scrotum/vulva involved?) 4. Abdomen ascites 5. Lungs pleural effusion Definition Massive proteinuria o 3g/1.73m2/24h o 50mg/kg/14h o 40mg/h/m2 o Urine protein/creatinine ratio 0.2 g/mmol (N: < 0.02 g/mmol) Hypoalbuminaemia o < 25 g/l

f. Recent change of medication increase or decrease in dose? New

medications added?

g. Has doctor advised anything e.g. to stay away from crowded

places? Diet modification? 6. Exclude systemic cause of NS

a. Namely SLE ask about skin rash (malar, discoid), oral ulcers,
photosensitivity, joint pains

b. Henoch-Schonlein purpura can also cause nephrotic picture (less

common) ask about palpable purpura on the limbs, abdominal pain, joint pain (in weight-bearing joints e.g. ankles)

c. Drugs take a drug history 7. Social history

a. School i) How is patient doing in school? ii) Does disease affect schoolwork adversely e.g. frequent absence due to illness/relapses? iii) Able to do P.E.? iv) Do teachers know about the disease, are they supportive? v) Do friends know about the disease, are they supportive? b. Body image issues Cushingoid appearance from steroids;

Hyperlipidaemia o cholesterol

o triglycerides o LDL o VLDL

Causes Edema

Lethargy, anorexia o Due to low circulating protein Normal to low blood pressure o Unlike in nephritic syndrome where there is hypervolaemia and consequent hypertension, there is normal to low blood pressure in nephrotic syndrome o Hypovolaemia is a complication Complications Increased susceptibility to infection o Due to loss of immunoglobulins, complement in urine, impaired T cell function, and also due to steroid therapy o Usually due to encapsulated bacteria and gram negatives e.g. pneumococcal peritonitis (on ascites) o Other infections: cellulitis of oedematous areas, UTI Hypovolaemia o Abdominal pain can be a sign of hypovolaemia due to mesenteric ischaemia o Other signs/symptoms: cool peripheries, postural drop in blood pressure, increased capillary refill time, decreased urine output o Requires albumin infusion and crystalloids (fluid loading) Thrombotic tendency o Due to fall in antithrombin III levels with increase in clotting factors (increased hepatic production) o Tendency increases with other concomitant causes of fluid depletion e.g. vomiting o Common sites are in the brain (sagittal vein thrombosis encephalopathy) and kidney (renal vein thrombosis abdominal pain) Hyponatraemia o Due to maldistribution of extracellular fluid volume with increase in water reabsorption o Can result in seizures Impaired growth o Due to low protein levels Hyperlipidaemia o Can result in other complications e.g. coronary artery disease in the long run Renal failure o Rare in nephrotic syndrome due to minimal change disease

In children, nephrotic syndrome is usually idiopathic (and not secondary); most common cause is minimal change disease (80%) Other less common causes: focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS 10%); membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN 10%); membranous GN (1.5%) Think also of secondary causes of nephrotic syndrome: SLE, HenochSchonlein purpura, post-streptococcal GN, drugs, etc. In adults, most common cause is membranous GN (30%) followed by mesangioproliferative GN (27%) and minimal change disease (23%); secondary causes are also more common

Pathophysiology Glomerular injury results in increased permeability of the glomerulus to protein, and proteinuria results With decrease in circulating protein, the oncotic pressure of blood decreases resulting in third-spacing of fluid (leading to development of oedema, ascites, pleural effusion) and a drop in plasma volume The fall in circulating volume results in activation of the reninangiotensin-aldosterone system to reabsorb salt and water Thus the pathophysiology in nephrotic syndrome in an intravascular hypovolaemia (as opposed to hypervolaemia in nephritic syndrome) Hypoalbuminaemia results in increased production of lipoproteins by the liver, resulting in increased serum lipid levels Clinical features Peripheral oedema o Usually in the periorbital region in the morning, progressing to involve the lower limbs and sacrum, scrotal/vulvar regions later in the day Ascites Pleural effusion with shortness of breath o Not common, usually in severe oedema state o Pulmonary oedema is unlikely, as compared to in nephritic syndrome

Higher likelihood in patients with steroid-resistant FSGS 810% of these will progress to end stage disease Complications of treatment o Steroids (Cushings): Rounded moon face, truncal obesity with peripheral wasting, short stature, violaceous striae, supraclavicular fat pad, dorsal fat pad, hirsutism, acne, skin atrophy, telangiectasia, easy bruising, oral thrush, proximal myopathy, posterior subcapsular cataracts, hypertension, glucose intolerance, osteoporosis o Other drugs: neutropaenia (almost all), haemorrhagic cystitis, sterility (cyclophosphamide), nephrotoxicity (cyclosporin A) o Investigations Urine dipstick o Proteinuria 3+ (>3g) or 4+ (>20g) o Should not have gross haematuria; slight haematuria is common Urine FEME and urine phase contrast o Evaluate haematuria red cell casts, dysmorphic red cells o Should not have any cellular casts in minimal change disease, but may see hyaline or waxy casts Urine protein-creatinine ratio or 24 hour urine total protein (UTP) o More accurate measure of proteinuria Full blood count o Haemoglobin should be normal in minimal change dz Urea, electrolytes, creatinine o Should not have any renal impairment Serum albumin level Fasting lipids Serum complement (C3, 4) o Should not be reduced in minimal change disease; decreased in SLE Hepatitis status o Hep B can result in membranous nephritis, hep C in mesangiocapillary GN Renal biopsy o Reserved for those with very atypical features (i.e. hypertension, low serum C3) and those who do not respond to steroids; it is not a routine requirement. Typical features of minimal change nephrotic syndrome

Age of onset 1-10 years No hypertension No gross haematuria Normal renal function Normal serum complement Highly selective proteinuria (mostly albumin) Steroid responsive

Indications for renal biopsy Atypical features o Age of onset <1 year or >10 years old o Systemic hypertension o Gross haematuria o Renal failure o Persistently low serum complement o Poorly selective haematuria o Steroid resistance Family history of glomerulonephritis Steroid-dependent patient with unacceptable steroid toxicity Management INITIAL TREATMENT 1. If hypotensive, crystalloids with albumin 2. Diuretics with albumin - Problems: worsens hypovolaemia if not given correctly; fluid and electrolyte abnormalities - Indications: gross oedema, steroid-resistant disease, use of steroids contraindicated, unacceptable steroid toxicity - Intravenous 20% albumin infusion 1g/kg over 4 hours followed by intravenous frusemide 0.5-1mg/kg 3. Salt restriction only if oedema present; no fluid restriction 4. Steroid therapy - Starting dose: 60mg/m2/day (up to maximum of 80mg/m2/day) for 4


- Watch for clinical remission within 10-14 days of treatment: loss of

oedema (weight decreases) and urine dipstick negative/trace for three consecutive days

5. Daily monitoring of urine and serum albumin, weight, electrolytes

- Monitoring for remission, as above 6. Activity - No evidence that restriction influences outcome. 7. Immunizations - No live attenuated vaccines LONG-TERM TREATMENT 1. Steroid therapy - Follow-up treatment: after 4 weeks initial treatment, tail down to 40mg/m2 EOD for another 4 weeks, then stop

2. Patient education (patient + parents) - Regarding nature of disease and prognosis (good prognosis), outcome, recurrence (a third will not recur, another third will recur infrequently, and a third will recur frequently) - Explain mode of action of treatment and emphasise compliance to treatment - Explain side effects of treatment - Self-monitoring at home, recognising symptoms and signs of relapse, and adjustment of medications for relapse (not all relapses require hospitalisation) - Need to avoid crowded places due to susceptibility to infection - Vaccination for encapsulated bacteria e.g. pneumococcu 3. Use of second line treatment - Aims: to achieve control of nephrotic syndrome in frequent relapsers or steroid-dependent patients with a smaller dose of steroids to reduce adverse steroid side effects - Indications: Severe growth retardation Clinically significant cataracts Difficult hypertension Diabetes mellitus Disabling emotional disorders related to physical appearance - Options (a) Frequent relapsers: Levamisole 2.5mg/kg EOD for 6-12 months cyclophosphamide 2-2.5mg/kg EOD for 8 weeks OR Chlorambucil 0.15mg/kg/day for 8 weeks with

- Relapse (oedema, urine dipstick positive)

Start 60mg/m2/day for at least 14 days until remission, then 40mg/m2 EOD for 4 weeks - Long-term steroids dependent on frequency of relapses:

(a) Infrequent relapsers: <2 relapses in first 6 months or <4 in any

subsequent 1 year period No need for long term steroids, just treat relapse

(b) Frequent relapsers: >2 relapses in first 6 months or >4 within any
subsequent 1 year period 0.1-0.5 mg/kg EOD for 3-6 months

(b) Steroid-dependent patients:

Levamisole 2.5mg/kg EOD for 6-12 months cyclophosphamide 2-2.5mg/kg EOD for 8-12 weeks with

(c) Steroid dependent: frequent relapsers with 2 consecutive relapses

while on steroid therapy or within 2 weeks of stopping steroids 0.1-0.5mg/kg EOD (pre-school age) or 0.5-1.0mg/kg EOD (school age) for 6-12 months

OR Chlorambucil 0.15mg/kg/day for 8 weeks with cyclosporin A 6mg/kg/day

- Side effects: Cyclophosphamide: neutropaenia (monitor FBC), haemorrhagic cystitis (ensure good water intake), hepatotoxicity (monitor LFT), sterility (limit dosing to 12 weeks maximum) Chlorambucil: neutropaenia, seizures, rash Cyclosporin A: nephrotoxicity (monitor U/E/Cr, renal biopsy) Steroid-resistant patients Definition: Failure to achieve remission despite 6 weeks of high dose steroids (60mg/m2/day) Renal biopsy indicated in these patients Subsequent treatment guided by biopsy results Treatment options: Cyclophosphamide 2-2.5mg/kg/day for 12 weeks Cyclosporin A 6mg/kg/day Acute renal failure Clinical approach to a child with renal failure SUSPECT RENAL FAILURE Pre-renal



Ultrasonography MCU Isotope renography

Urinary sediment Urinary diagnostic indices Trial of volume expansion

Plasma urea and creatinine

Suspect azotemia if Oliguria (urine output <0.5ml/kg/h) o Acute non-oliguric renal failure o GFR: 5-15 ml/min/1.73m2 Anuria Acidosis (Kussmauls breathing) Haematuria, proteinuria or other urinary abnormalities Hypertension S/s of obstructive uropathy S/s of renal tubular dysfunction o Polyuria, polydipsia, enuresis (beyond 6 yrs of age), rickets, growth retardation Anemia of unknown etiology Features to suggest chronicity History o Family history of hereditary nephritides o History of polyuria, polydipsia, enuresis beyond 6 years o Past history of significant renal disease Physical exam o Short stature o Sallow appearance o Anemia o Chronic hypertensive retinopathy o Dystrophic fingernails o Pinguenculae

Look for features of chronicity





o Neuropathy Investigations o Renal osteodystrophy/rickets o Small shrunken kidneys

Urinary sediment in renal failure Finding Isomorphic red cells Distorted red cells and red cell casts White cells Eosinophils Renal tubular epithelial cells, tubular cell casts and coarse granular casts Crystals- urate, calcium oxalate Scant findings Cause Renal vein thrombosis HUS GN Pyelonephritis Acute interstitial nephritis Acute tubular necrosis Crystalluria Pre- or post-renal

Causes of acute renal failure Pre-renal Heart failure (severe) Volume contraction - GI losses - Renal losses - Sweat 3rd space losses - Hypoalbuminemia - Peritonitis - Crush injury - Burns - Sepsis Renal GN - Acute GN - Post-infectious GN - Lupus nephritis - HSP nephritis - IgA nephropathy - RP GN Vascular - HUS - Renal vein thrombosis Interstitial nephritis - Allergic - Post-infectious - Fulminating PN - Papillary necrosis Acute tubular necrosis - Prerenal (vasomotor) - Nephrotoxins - Pigment injury Post-renal Obstructive uropathy - PUV - Neurogenic bladder - Ureteric obst of single kidney Crystalluria - Uric acid: - Tumor-lysis - Post-cardiac op for cyanotic CHD - Dehydration - Hyperuricemia - High dose MTX - Calcium oxalate - Hyperoxaluria - Glycol toxicity

Urinary diagnostic indices Indices Urine osmolality, Uosm Urinary Na+, UNa Fractional excretion of Na+, FeNa Renal failure index, RFI Pre-renal ARF Ischaemic Intrinsic ARF > 500 < 350 < 20 > 40 Child with oliguria, azotemia < (NOT in fluid overload) 1 >1 <1 >1

FeNa= U/PNa U/PCr x 100% RFI = UNa U/PCr Infuse 20ml/kg normal saline or plasma (if in shock) over 1-2h Therapeutic trial of volume expansion

Oliguria persists

Gd urine output

IV frusemide 2mg/kg


Oliguria persists

Intrinsic ARF

Pre-renal ARF

Hypocalcemia Hypertension Convulsions/Coma - Hypocalcemia - Hypomagnesemia - Hypertension - Uremia - ICH - Dialysis - Dysequilibrium syndrome Cardiac failure Pericarditis Anemia Problems in management of acute renal failure Problems Fluid overload Management Fluid restriction - 1st 10kg 100 cal/kg - Next 10kg 50 cal/kg - Next 10kg 20 cal/kg - INS H2O loss 45ml/100cal - HID H2O metab 15ml/100cal - Fluiq req = INS H2O loss HID H2O metab + U.O. + other loss Aim at wt loss 0.5-1.0% daily Adequate caloric intake Protein intake 2g/kg/day (8% of total calories) Essential L-amino acids Dilutional: restrict fluids True loss: replacement saline IV 10% Ca2+ gluconate 0.5ml/kg Salbutamol IV 4 g/kg or nebulized 2.5mg(BW25kg) IV NaHCO3 3mmol/kg (?) IV 50% glucose 0.5g/kg + Insulin IU/5g glucose Infection

Resin exchange Dialysis Ca2+ supp 0.5-1.0 mmol/kg/day Diuretics frusemide Anti-hypertensives Anti-convulsants Correct metabolic abnormalities Dialysis

Dialysis Dialysis Exchange transfusion in neonates Dialysis and trransfusion Antibiotics (dose adjustment necessary for nephrotoxic agents

Indications for dialysis Hyperkalaemia K+>7mmol/L unresponsive to conventional treatment Uncontrolled acidosis HCO3- <10mmol/L Severe fluid overload with uncontrollable hypertension, pulmonary edema or cardiac failure Progressive uremia with deterioration of general condition Hypercatabolic states with increase in blood urea by > 10mml/day Problems of fluid restriction Insufficient calories and protein malnutrition No space for blood products Difficulty in drug delivery Propensity for hypoglycaemia Chronic renal failure History 1. Biodata 2. History of presenting complaint

Nitrogenous waste (Hypercatabolism)

Hyponatremia Hyperkalemia

Change in urine colour Change in urine volume (oliguria, polyuria) Voiding symptoms (FUDACLE) Dysuria Urethral discharge, genital rash Storage symptoms Renal/ureteric colic, suprapubic discomfort, aching pain in loin Fever a/w chills and rigors, URTI Nausea, vomiting, sweating

Parents occupation and family income Character of child, performance in school, amount of school missed? How disease affects child and family

3. Signs of renal failure and systemic review CVS edema, fatigue, palpitations (anemia) Respi pleuritic chest pain, dyspnea GIT LOA, LOW, nausea, vomiting, metallic taste in mouth, pruritus, jaundice (HRS), bruising, abdominal distension, abdominal pain, change in bowel habits Neuro dizziness, headache, confusion, inability to concentrate, restless leg syndrome, seizures/fits, paraesthesia (peripheral neuropathy) MSK bone pain 4. History of first presentation and diagnosis Describe when first diagnosed, presenting complaints, what was done and investigations, meds given, compliance, follow-up, complications, self-monitoring 5. Past history Renal stones, UTI, PKD, asthma, DM, HPT, deafness Past illnesses and hospitalizations, surgeries Allergies 6. Drug history Drug allergies Any long-term medications, recent ingestion of medications Complications of medications TCM use? Compliance EPO injections? 7. Social history Smoking, drinking if relevant Overseas travel Who does patient live with? Main care-giver? How many siblings?

8. Family history PKD Similar problem Renal malignancies Renal calculi GM Deafness (Alports syndrome) 9. Birth history Pregnancy any problems, fever and rash, DM, long-term meds Gestational period Birth weight Delivery Condition after birth Antenatal problems +/- G6PD status 10. Immunization status BCG, polio, diphtheria, tetanus, Pertussis, MMR, hepatitis 11. Developmental milestones Social smile Head control Sitting independently Walking Talking Toilet-trained 12. Nutritional history Breast feeding Infant feeding Weaning Diet Physical Examination 1. General inspection

Hyperventilation Mental state alert, confused, drowsy Hydration status Sallow complexion Anemia Growth parameters Edema periorbital, peripheral Cushingoid features Hearing aid Abdominal scars, distension, visible masses, CAPD catheter


2. Vitals PR, RR 3. Peripheral examination Fingernails leukonychia, clubbing, Terrys nails, Beaus lines, Lindsays and nails Limbs asterixis, palmar crease pallor, AV fistula, bruising, pigmentation, scratch marks, uremic frost Eyes pallor, jaundice, pinguenculae, cataracts, periorbital edema Mouth hydration, uremic fetor Face malar rash Neck cervical, supraclavicular, submental lymph nodes 4. Abdominal examination Organomegaly Ascites Percussible bladder 5. Cardiorespiratory examination CVS JVP, apex beat, murmurs, pericardial rub Respi pulmonary edema, pleural effusion, pleuritis 6. Neurological examination Tone, reflexes, proximal myopathy, sensation Gait foot slapping 2 peripheral neuropathy 7. Request PR exam Fundoscopy BP Temperature chart

Acute reversible factors in chronic renal failurei Dehydration Electrolyte abnormalities o Hyponatremia/hypokalemia o Acidosis Infection o UTI o Septicemia Obstructive uropathy Uncontrolled hypertension Cardiac failure Hypotension Causes of chronic renal failure in childhood Small kidneys o Equal Chronic GN Hereditary nephritis Cystinosis Tubulointerstitial nephritis Juvenile nephronophthiasis Bilateral renal hypoplasia Unequal, irregular Chronic atrophic pyelonephritis Bilateral segmental hypoplasia Large kidneys o Obstructive uropathy o AR PKD o Renal dysplasia with associated malformations Cardiac GI esp imperofrate anus Spina bifida o

Management Aims o o

To improve or stabilize renal function and maintain homeostasis To permit as much growth as possible

o Permit the child to continue an active life Issue in management o Nutrition o Growth failure o Renal anemia o Renal osteodystrophy o Hypertension o Psychosocial development Issue Management Water: thirst regulated unless oliguric and fluid overloaded Na+: up to 2gm (80mmol)/day Restrict only in edema and HPT K+: up to 1.5mmol/kg/day unless patient is hypokalemic (esp in PD patients) Acidosis: restore HCO3 to 18-20 mmol/l Treat contributing factors If child > 2yrs, ht < 3rd%, growth velocity <50th% - Start on rhGH 4U/m2/day - If good response, stop when target & reached (defined by mean parental ht) - If not, rhGH 8u/m2/day for 6 months Treat with EPO if symptomatic or Hb <10 g/dl (r/o Fe deficiency) R/o drugs like Al If Fe deficient, correct Fe first then re-evaluate need for EPO Monitor: BP, Hb, retic, Fe sats, ferritin Control of serum phosphat - Diet - PO43- binders: Al, CaCO3 (chewed) Ca acetate (swallowed) Ca2+ replacement - 0.5-1.0 mmol/kg/day Vitamin D therapy

Hypertension Psychosocial development

- 1,25-OHD3: 1- (children) and calcitriol (adults) - Monitor: UCa/UCr < 0.70 mmol/mmol [Ca][PO43-] < 6.0 (mmol/L)2 Treat with anti-hypertensives Always correct fluid overload Refer to child psychiatrist Medical social worker


Growth failure - Acidosis - Reduced caloric intake - Anemia - Hypertension - Renal osteodystrophy - Insulin resistance - Growth hormone resistance Anemia - Shortened RBC survival - Fe and folate deficiency - Aluminium toxicity - Osteitis fibrosa a/w hyperPTH - ? retained inhibitors of EPOiesis - EPO production Renal osteodystrophy

Management of ESRD in children o Dialysis Chronic peritoneal dialysis CAPD APD Haematuria Haemodialysis o Transplantation Living related Non-glomerular Cadaveric Glomerular Common drugs used in renal transplantation o Monoclonal antibodies o Prednisolone UTI o Azathioprine/Mycophenolic acid Benign Malignant o Cyclosporine/Tacrolimus Hypercalciuria o Trauma Anti-hypertensive drugs Macrolides inhibit liver enzymes tacrolimus (toxicity) Renal* calculi Erythro > Clarithro > Azithro Exercise GN (readjust doses if have to give) induced - 1/2 Coagulopathy HUS Approach to haematuria Familial benign Malignancy Alports haematuria (Wilms) Renal vein Definition Non-familial Factitious 3 > 5 rbc/mm in fresh uncentrifuged midstream urine thrombosis benign > 3 rbc/hpf in a fresh haematuria midstream urine Interstitial centrifuged nephritis Test positive 2 out of 3 occasions Cystal renal disease Causes of haematuria

OR NOTS: Myoglobinuria } Haemoglobinuria } Intravascular haemolysis Drugs/chemicals: quinine

Positive dipstick Exclude from history

Confirm haematuria with dipstick UFEME Urine C/S

Urine phase contrast Urine total protein/creatinine



Approach to haematuria Thorough history and physical examination o Persistent microscopic haematuria o Gross haematuria Dysmorphic rbc, o Associated pain, frequency, dysuria, fever, edema, cast, proteinuria hypertension, rash, joint pain o Positive family history (i.e. GN, calculi, ADPKD) Isomorphic rbc, no - Urea/ electrolytes cast, proteinuria Investigations - 24h UTP/CCT o Confirm haematuria - Serum C3/C4 2 + - Urine Ca / creatinine o Differentiate glomerular vs non-glomerular post-infectious GN - Coagulation SLE MPGN screen - Screen relatives - AXR/US - Audiology/US - Cystoscopy - Renal bx

Causes of glomerulonephritis Acute o IgA nephropathy o Post-streptococcal o HSP o SLE o Vascular o Wegeners o Goodpastures Chronic o Chronic GN ESRD Rapidly progressive GN

Same as acute

Management of acute GN See above under Acute glomerulonephritides