Psychological Assessment of a sample of women with ADPKD: quality of life, body image, anxiety and depression

Abstract

Introduction: The Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) is a chronic renal disease that has not yet been the subject of psychological research. There are only a few studies related to the consequences and complications of this pathology on female patients, although women affected by this disease present serious problems.

Aim: The purpose of this study is to perform a psychological assessment (quality of life, anxiety, depression, body image) on a sample of 37 women with ADPKD.

Materials and Methods: The assessment is based on ad hoc social and personal record, KDQOL-SF (to evaluate health-related quality of life), HADS (for anxiety and depression) and BUT (for perceived body image). This assessment is administrated in a specific outpatient clinic.

Results: Results show that kidney disease has a negative impact on health-related quality of life. Concerns about body image are linked to anxious and depressive symptomatology: an increase in these concerns is related to a worsening of anxiety and depressive symptoms in patients. Moreover, a higher psychological malaise emerges in hypertensive ADPKD patients, in terms of mood and quality of life, compared to those without this concomitant pathology. Finally, it is important to note that social support, real or perceived, is of paramount importance in maintaining psychological well-being.

Conclusions: The psychological evaluation of ADPKD patients can be used in clinical practice as a supplemental model in multidisciplinary Nephrology team.

 

Keywords: Quality of life, ADPKD, body image, psychological assessment, hypertension.

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Introduzione

Nel corso degli ultimi anni, la collaborazione dello Psicologo Clinico con le Unità Operative di Nefrologia e Dialisi si è consolidata tanto da promuovere lo sviluppo della Psiconefrologia [1]. Tale disciplina ha l’obiettivo di identificare precocemente la presenza di situazioni di disagio psicologico legate alle patologie renali croniche e di agire su quest’ultime, con interventi di supporto psicologico il più possibile specializzati. 

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Between old and new targets: blood pressure control in hypertensive outpatients

Abstract

Objective. In developed countries, blood pressure (BP) control has increased over the past few decades and is now approaching 70% of patients. Herewith we report the results of a cross-sectional study carried out on hypertensive outpatients.

Design and methods. In a cohort of 1,412 consecutive hypertensive outpatients (790 females, 622 males; mean age: 60.3±12.2 years) evaluated from January 2015 to December 2016, the following parameters were assessed: age, gender, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC), smoking habits, BP in the sitting position, estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), serum glucose, lipid profile, antihypertensive drugs prescribed. In agreement with the European guidelines, hypertension was defined as sitting BP ≥140/90 mmHg or use of antihypertensive drugs. Patients whose BP was <140/90 mmHg were considered as having achieved BP control. Furthermore, in compliance with the redefinition of hypertension suggested by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA), a second level of BP control (BP <130/80 mmHg) was evaluated.

Results. Overall, 75.7% of hypertensive patients achieved BP levels <140/90 mmHg, while 50.5% achieved BP levels <130/80 mmHg. In both contexts, compared with patients whose BP was not controlled, those achieving the BP targets were mainly younger and females with a lower prevalence of obesity, diabetes and chronic kidney disease. Furthermore, they also had a lower WC and a higher eGFR.

Conclusions. Nearly 76% of patients achieved the BP target of <140/90 mmHg, a result which is higher than the 70% achieved in Europe, and 50.6% achieved that of <130/80 mmHg, a result which is slightly higher than the 47% recently reported in USA.

Keywords: Blood pressure, blood pressure control, hypertension.

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Introduzione

L’ipertensione arteriosa è uno dei maggiori fattori di rischio indipendenti e modificabili per cardiopatia ischemica, scompenso cardiaco, accidenti cerebrovascolari, insufficienza renale e mortalità cardiovascolare in tutti i gruppi di età (1).

 

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Renal manifestation of Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease

Abstract

Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease affects over 12 million people in the world and is the fourth cause of ESRD. It is the main monogenic kidney disease and causes the progressive formation of cysts leading to renal failure after a few decades. The main manifestations of the disease are observed even at a young age.
The early sign of ADPKD is impaired urinary concentrating capacity, due to medullary alteration by cysts, and resistance to vasopressin.
These anatomical alterations determine hyperfiltration, altered ammonium transport, nephrolithiasis, and, above all, hypertension even in pediatric age. Activation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system has been shown responsible for the maintenance of high pressure values as well as the growth of cysts and renal fibrosis. Arterial hypertension would be responsible for ventricular hypertrophy.
Many recent studies have confirmed the role of pressure control, especially if rigorous, in decreasing the progression of renal disease, and the use of ACE inhibitors seems to have higher efficacy than other antihypertensive drugs.
The progression of renal disease is evidenced by the reduction of glomerular filtration which may be minimal in the early years, due to hyperfiltration, but, then, may even exceed 5 ml / min per year, especially when the total kidney volume (TKV) exceeds 1500 ml.
In more rapid progression forms, ESRD may appear at about 55 years of age. The main risk factors are age, genetic mutation, familiarity with ESRD, macrohematuria episodes, and early onset hypertension. Some authors have proposed both genetic and clinical scores that can provide guidance on the probability of rapid progression.
Other renal manifestations include kidney pain, nephrolithiasis, urinary tract infections and cyst hemorrhage. Renal cell carcinoma is a very rare event.

 

Keywords: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, hypertension, renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, compensatory hyperfiltration, renal volume, ESRD.

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Introduzione

Il rene policistico rappresenta la malattia ereditaria monogenica più frequente in ambito nefrologico. Ne sono affetti circa 12,5 milioni di individui nel mondo ed è la quarta causa di insufficienza renale terminale dopo il diabete, l’ipertensione e le glomerulonefriti (1). 

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REPORT FOR THE WORLD KIDNEY DAYS IN ITALY 2015-2016

Abstract

World Kidney Day (WKD) is a global campaign, promoted by International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF) and International Society of Nephrology (ISN) aimed at raising awareness among people on importance of our kidneys. This campaign includes many events across the globe. The main purpose of WKD is to create and spread awareness about preventive behaviours and risk factors for renal diseases. In Italy WKD is organized by the Italian Kidney Foundation (FIR) in collaboration with Italian Society of Nephrology (SIN) and the Red Cross of Italy. It takes place in hospitals, public spaces and in schools, where each participant is provided with informative material together with blood pressure and urine dipstick testing. Here, we present the data collected during the 2015 and 2016 WKD campaigns.

KEYWORDS: World Kidney Day, Prevention, Hypertension, Urinalysis

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Introduzione

La giornata mondiale del rene (GMR) è un’iniziativa internazionale che mira all’informazione e alla sensibilizzazione dell’opinione pubblica circa le patologie renali, focalizzando l’attenzione sui fattori di rischio e sulle possibilità di cura e trattamento delle stesse (1). In Italia tale evento viene organizzato dalla Fondazione Italiana del Rene (FIR), con la collaborazione della Società Italiana di Nefrologia (SIN) e la Croce Rossa Italiana (CRI). L’iniziativa, che coinvolge numerose Unità di Nefrologia distribuite sul territorio nazionale, si articola su due progetti distinti, quello che si svolge nelle piazze o negli ambulatori di Nefrologia, detto anche “progetto camper” (2, 3), e quello che si tiene nelle scuole, rivolto in particolare a studenti del quarto e quinto anno di scuola superiore.

In questo articolo riportiamo i dati ricavati dai partecipanti alla GMR negli anni 2015 e 2016.
 

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PRES (Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome): Potential complication of hypertensive crisis. Case report and literature review

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Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a clinical-radiological syndrome, usually reversible, characterized by vasogenic oedema in cerebral posterior regions in patients with autoimmune diseases, nephropathies, hypertensive crisis, eclampsia and exposure to cytotoxic drugs. The main symptoms are: headache, nausea, vomiting, seizures, visual disturbance and altered consciousness. Complications as cerebral hemorrhage and recurrences are rare.

We describe a case of a 65 years old woman, affected by chronic kidney disease, recently exacerbated, diabetes and hypertension in treatment, who showed an heterogeneous clinical presentation with vomiting, headache, blurred vision and impaired consciousness during an episode of acute hypertension. After an adjustement of the antihypertensive treatment we observed a regression of symptoms in one week. FLAIR sequences on MRI showed cerebral bilateral vasogenic oedema in posterior regions, typical for PRES. This case was suggestive for PRES and a prompt adjustement of the antihypertensive treatment was critical for clinical recovery. Brain MRI was crucial for diagnosis. It is important for clinicians to recognize PRES as a possible complication of renal disease and hypertensive crisis.

Key words: Chronic kidney disease, Hypertension, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome

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INTRODUZIONE

La PRES è una entità clinico-radiologica descritta per la prima volta nel 1996 da Hinchey e coll. (1) sulla base di 15 casi clinici. Nel corso degli anni è stata contrassegnata da diversi acronimi e sigle tra cui leucoencefalopatia posteriore reversibile, sindrome dell’edema cerebrale posteriore reversibile, encefalopatia parieto-occipitale reversibile, ma PRES è l’acronimo generalmente accettato. Tuttavia, ancora recentemente, tale definizione è stata rimessa in discussione poiché si è documentato un tasso di mortalità fino al 15% (23). Descritta in corso di crisi ipertensive, disordini immunitari, terapie antirigetto e malattia renale cronica, essa è caratterizzata dall’associazione variabile di crisi epilettichecefalea  disturbi del visus, nausea, vomito e segni neurologici focali in un contesto quasi costante di scarso controllo della pressione arteriosa. Il segno distintivo di questa condizione è la presenza di edema cerebrale vasogenico, a patogenesi non completamente chiarita ma, verosimilmente associata ad una alterazione dei meccanismi di autoregolazione del flusso ematico cerebrale da parte dell’unità neuro vascolare, che predomina nel circolo cerebrale posteriore. Pertanto il gold standard per la diagnosi è la risonanza magnetico nucleare (RMN) specie nelle sequenze “ fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR)”  la cui diffusione ha contribuito all’aumento della frequenza della diagnosi.Tipicamente è una malattia reversibile, una volta che la causa è rimossa o sotto controllo, risolvendosi clinicamente e radiologicamente in un lasso di tempo estremamente variabile e difficilmente prevedibile. Tuttavia, l’esito non è sempre favorevole, possono reliquare esiti importanti e a volte, in presenza di coma o stato epilettico, è necessario il trattamento in un reparto di terapia intensiva. Si descrive il caso clinico di una paziente con evoluzione clinica paradigmatica della PRES.
 

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