Renal insufficiency in children born preterm: examining the role of neonatal acute kidney injury

Margaret Pulju, Cassandra Pruitt, Jessica Reid-Adam, Emily Spear, Annemarie Stroustrup, Robert S. Green, Andrea S. Weintraub

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Objective: To identify the prevalence of renal insufficiency (RI) in children with a history of prematurity and acute kidney injury (AKI). Study design: This prospective cohort study evaluated renal function in children born preterm at 5–9 years of age. Univariable analyses compared perinatal and follow-up data from subjects with and without AKI history, and with and without current RI. Regression analyses were attempted to model RI as a function of AKI and other clinical risk factors. Results: Fifteen of 43 (35%) participants had previously undiagnosed RI. Only children with no AKI history or neonatal stage 1 AKI presented for follow-up. Children born preterm with a history of stage 1 AKI had higher serum creatinine (sCr) at follow-up, but were not more likely to have RI compared to children without stage 1 AKI history (RI prevalence 30% and 36% in AKI and non-AKI group, respectively). Conclusion: The high prevalence of RI in this preterm cohort at middle childhood follow-up highlights the need for routine kidney health assessments in this population. Large multicenter studies are needed to further characterize the impact of premature birth and mild AKI on renal function throughout childhood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1432-1440
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Perinatology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2021


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