By Robert Preidt
“We believe that this study highlights an important finding that will be useful for medical providers caring for reproductive-age women,” stated research writer Dr. Jessica Sheehan Tangren, a nephrologist from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
The researchers reviewed knowledge from virtually 25,000 women who gave delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital between 1998 and 2007. Just over 100 of the women had beforehand skilled acute kidney damage. This is a sudden lower in kidney perform.
All of the women had recovered regular kidney perform earlier than they have been pregnant.
Women within the kidney injury group had a lot greater charges of a situation referred to as preeclampsia that causes high blood pressure and different issues throughout being pregnant — 23 % in contrast to four % within the non-injury group.
Women who had kidney injury have been additionally extra probably to have small-for-gestational-age infants (15 % versus eight %), and to give start earlier (common 37.6 weeks in contrast to 39.2 weeks), the research confirmed.
Tangren and her colleagues adjusted the findings to account for different elements that would contribute to the danger.
Although the research wasn’t designed to show a cause-and-effect hyperlink, the researchers discovered prior kidney injury was tied to an almost six occasions larger danger for preeclampsia.
Women with earlier kidney injury additionally had greater than twice the danger for poor infant outcomes.
The research was revealed on-line Dec. 22 within the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
“Our goal in future studies is to address why women with a history of acute kidney injury are at higher risk for pregnancy complications and to identify strategies to lower their risk,” Tangren stated in a journal information launch.
She additionally stated that the various charges of preeclampsia seen worldwide could also be partly defined by the findings.