Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis in Paediatric Population of South Punjab Pakistan: A Tertiary Care Hospital Experience
Objectives: To find out frequency, clinicopathological features, response of treatment and outcome among children with primary focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS).
Methods: This retrospective, non-interventional medical charts review study was conducted from a period of January 2011 to January 2020 at Pediatric Department of Nishtar Medical University Hospital, Multan, Pakistan. During the nine years study period, children of both genders, aged less than 16 years, with renal biopsies proven FSGS were included. Patient’s demographic along with clinical and laboratory data, urine dipstick for proteinuria, renal functions, 24 hours urinary protein and ultrasonography findings of kidneys, ureters and bladder (KUB) were noted from case records. Response rates of various treatment options and their outcome like remission, partial remission, no remission with stable kidney disease & no remission with progression of kidney disease were noted.
Results: During the study duration, out of 307 renal biopsies performed in glomerulonephritis cases, 124 (40.4%) had primary FSGS. In 124 primary FSGS cases, mean age was 8.83±3.05 years while most of the children, 70 (56.5%) were above 10 years of age. Majority of the cases, 64 (51.6%) were male. Mean follow up duration was noted to be 28.35+18.47 months. Most of the cases, 68 (54.8%) were found to have complete remission, 22 (17.7%) partial remission while 11 (8.9%) progressed to ESKD.
Conclusions: Among children, frequency of primary FSGS was high at our setting. Most of the cases achieved sustained remission rates with the help of immunosuppressive drugs. Cyclosporine and tacrolimus were found to be the most effective drugs.
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Safdar RS, Mehar MF, Khan AA, Buzdar N. Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis in Paediatric Population of South Punjab Pakistan: A Tertiary Care Hospital Experience. Pak J Med Sci. 2021;37(2):---------. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.37.2.3535
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