Protected: Tolvaptan in ADPKD: a turning point or an unsustainable therapy? One year of “real life” experience


Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most frequent monogenic kidney disease, alone responsible for over 10% of patients with end-stage renal disease, and with an important impact on public health. Tolvaptan (TOLV) has recently been approved in many European countries for its ability to slow disease progression in patients that are eligible for treatment. Nevertheless, the doctor’s choice to prescribe the drug and the patient’s compliance are strongly influenced by the aquaretic effect complications. In a cohort of patients pertaining to the Nephrology clinic of the AOU Federico II of Naples and  treated with TOLV, we assessed  not only the adherence to the treatment and the safety of the drug, but also the real feasibility of this therapy through specific questionnaires on sleep quality, abdominal-renal pain, quality of life and patients’ general satisfaction. Within the limits of preliminary data and on the basis of the responses of our population, followed for a period  of at least one year and administered the maximum titration dosage, it can be asserted that the doubts regarding the real compliance of the patients can be overcome.


Keywords: ADPKD, Tolvaptan, “real life” experience, quality of life

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


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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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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