The effect of preterm birth on renal development and renal health outcome

Amanda Dyson, Alison L. Kent

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    Preterm birth is associated with adverse renal health outcomes including hypertension, chronic kidney disease, and an increased rate of progression to end-stage renal failure. This review explores the antenatal, perinatal, and postnatal factors that affect the functional nephron mass of an individual and contribute to long-term kidney outcome. Health-care professionals have opportunities to increase their awareness of the risks to kidney health in this population. Optimizing maternal health around the time of conception and during pregnancy, providing kidney-focused supportive care in the NICU during postnatal nephrogenesis, and avoiding accelerating nephron loss throughout life may all contribute to improved long-term outcomes. There is a need for ongoing research into the long-term kidney outcomes of preterm survivors in mid-to-late adulthood as well as a need for further research into interventions that may improve ex utero nephrogenesis.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)e725-e736
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019


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