Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation

EDITORIAL
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 219--226

Averting the legacy of kidney disease - Focus on childhood


Julie R Ingelfinger1, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh2, Franz Schaefer3, World Kidney Day Steering Committee4 
1 Department of Pediatric Nephrology, MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
2 Division of Nephrology & Hypertension, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Public Health, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine; Veterans Affairs (VA) Long Beach Healthcare System, Long Beach; Department of Epidemiology, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA, USA
3 University of Heidelberg, Division of Pediatric Nephrology, Center for Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Heidelberg, Germany
4 International Society of Nephrology, in collaboration with International Federation of Kidney Foundation, Rue des Fabriques 1B, 1000, Brussels, Belgium

Correspondence Address:
World Kidney Day Steering Committee
International Society of Nephrology, in collaboration with International Federation of Kidney Foundation, Rue des Fabriques 1B, 1000, Brussels
Belgium

World Kidney Day 2016 focuses on kidney disease in childhood and the antecedents of adult kidney disease that can begin in earliest childhood. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) in childhood differs from that in adults, as the largest diagnostic group among children includes congenital anomalies and inherited disorders, with glomerulopathies and kidney disease in the setting of diabetes being relatively uncommon. In addition, many children with acute kidney injury will ultimately develop sequelae that may lead to hypertension and CKD in later childhood or in adult life. Children born early or who are small-for date newborns have relatively increased risk for the development of CKD later in life. Persons with a high-risk birth and early childhood history should be watched closely in order to help detect early signs of kidney disease in time to provide effective prevention or treatment. Successful therapy is feasible for advanced CKD in childhood; there is evidence that children fare better than adults, if they receive kidney replacement therapy including dialysis and transplantation, while only a minority of children may require this ultimate intervention Because there are disparities in access to care, effort is needed so that those children with kidney disease, wherever they live, may be treated effectively, irrespective of their geographic or economic circumstances. Our hope is that World Kidney Day will inform the general public, policy makers and caregivers about the needs and possibilities surrounding kidney disease in childhood.


How to cite this article:
Ingelfinger JR, Kalantar-Zadeh K, Schaefer F, World Kidney Day Steering Committee. Averting the legacy of kidney disease - Focus on childhood.Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl 2016;27:219-226


How to cite this URL:
Ingelfinger JR, Kalantar-Zadeh K, Schaefer F, World Kidney Day Steering Committee. Averting the legacy of kidney disease - Focus on childhood. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Nov 28 ];27:219-226
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