Female preterm indigenous Australian infants have lower renal volumes than males: a predisposing factor for end-stage renal disease?

Kandasamy, Yogavijayan, Rudd, Donna, Lumbers, Eugenie R., and Smith, Roger (2019) Female preterm indigenous Australian infants have lower renal volumes than males: a predisposing factor for end-stage renal disease? Nephrology, 24 (9). pp. 933-937.

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Aim: Indigenous Australians have an increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD). Indigenous women have a higher rate of CKD than men. In a cohort of Indigenous and non-Indigenous preterm neonates, we assessed total renal volume (TRV) (a proxy indicator for nephron number). We hypothesized that there would be no difference in renal volume between these two groups at term corrected (37 weeks gestation).

Methods: Normally grown preterm neonates less than 32 weeks of gestation were recruited and at term corrected dates, the neonates underwent renal ultrasonography (TRV measurements), urine microalbumin-creatinine ratio and serum analysis for Cystatin C measurement for estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) calculation.

Results: One hundred and five neonates (38 Indigenous; 67 non-Indige-nous) were recruited. Indigenous neonates were significantly more prema-ture and of lower birth weight. At term corrected age, Indigenous neonates had a significantly smaller TRV (18.5 (4.2) vs 21.4 (5.1) cm3; P = 0.027) despite no significant difference in body weight. Despite having a smaller TRV, there was no significant difference in eGFR between Indigenous and Non-indigenous neonates (47.8 [43.2–50.4] vs 46.2 [42.6–53.3] ml/min per 1.73 m2; P = 0.986). These infants achieve similar eGFR through hyperfiltra-tion, which likely increases their future risk of CKD. There was no differ-ence in microalbumin-creatinine ratio. Female Indigenous neonates, however, had significantly smaller TRV compared with Indigenous male neonates (15.9 (3.6) vs 20.6 (3.6) cm3; P = 0.006), despite no difference in eGFR, birth weight, gestational age, and weight at term corrected.

Conclusion: The difference in TRV is likely to be an important risk factor for the difference in morbidity and mortality from renal disease reported between male and female Indigenous adults.

Item ID: 56694
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1797
Keywords: renal volume, neonates, indigenous, premature, hyperfiltration
Copyright Information: © 2018 The Authors Nephrology published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd on behalf of Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.
Funders: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2019 00:13
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3215 Reproductive medicine > 321501 Foetal development and medicine @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920119 Urogenital System and Disorders @ 20%
92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health @ 40%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 40%
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