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Vegetarian supplemented low-protein diets. A safe option for pregnant CKD patients: report of 12 pregnancies in 11 patients.
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PMID:  20571094     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
BACKGROUND: Pregnancy in CKD is an increasing challenge, considering also the paucity of therapeutic tools available in pregnant women. While theoretically interesting, the experience with low protein diets in pregnancy is limited. Aim of this feasibility study is to review our experience with supplemented vegetarian low protein diets in pregnancy, as a "rescue treatment" for severe CKD and/or proteinuria.
METHODS: Data were gathered prospectively. Diet schema: proteins: 0.6-0.7 g/Kg/day, amino and chetoacid supplementation, 1-3 free meals/week. Compliance, side effects, biochemical data recorded at each visit (at least twice monthly).
RESULTS: Between January 2000 and February 2010, out of 168 pregnancies referred, 12 were managed by the diet (11 patients; median age 33, range 20-38). One pregnancy was terminated (patient's choice); the other 10 patients delivered 11 healthy babies. At referral, 2 patients were in stage 4 CKD, 4 in stage 3, 4 had nephrotic proteinuria (3.6-6.3 g/day). One patient doubled serum creatinine; none needed renal replacement therapy within 6 months from delivery. No patient complained of side effects, nor developed hyperkalemia or hypercalcaemia. Two babies from mothers in CKD stage 4 were small for gestational age; 9/11 were delivered by caesarean section (median gestational age 33 weeks: range 28-37; birth weight 935-2620 g) within a policy of delivery in the presence of foetal growth impairment and/or worsening of proteinuria, GFR, hypertension or foetal conditions. All babies are well, 1 month, 7.5 years from delivery.
CONCLUSION: Our report suggests considering vegetarian diets as an additional tool in the management of pregnant CKD patients.
Giorgina B Piccoli; Rossella Attini; Elena Vasario; Pietro Gaglioti; Ettore Piccoli; Valentina Consiglio; Chiara Deagostini; Manuela Oberto; Tullia Todros
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Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-06-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nephrology, dialysis, transplantation : official publication of the European Dialysis and Transplant Association - European Renal Association     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1460-2385     ISO Abbreviation:  Nephrol. Dial. Transplant.     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
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Created Date:  2010-12-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8706402     Medline TA:  Nephrol Dial Transplant     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  196-205     Citation Subset:  IM    
SS Nefrologia, Department of Clinical and Biological Sciences, ASOU San Luigi, University of Torino, Italy.
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