Federica Fassio

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BACKGROUND Low-protein diets are often mentioned but seldom used to slow chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression. The aim of the study was to investigate the potential for implementation of a simplified low-protein diet supplemented with alpha-keto analogues (LPD-KA) as part of the routine work-up in CKD patients. METHODS In an implementation study(More)
BACKGROUND MELAS syndrome (MIM ID#540000), an acronym for Mitochondrial Encephalopathy, Lactic Acidosis and Stroke-like episodes, is a genetically heterogeneous mitochondrial disorder with protean manifestations and occasional kidney involvement. Interest in the latter is rising due to the identification of cases with predominant kidney involvement and to(More)
BACKGROUND Pregnancy in women with advanced CKD becoming increasingly common. However, experience with low-protein diets in CKD patients in pregnancy is still limited. Aim of this study is to review the results obtained over the last 15 years with moderately restricted low-protein diets in pregnant CKD women (combining: CKD stages 3-5, proteinuria:(More)
A double-blind, single crossover study of chronic oral taurine administration versus placebo was conducted on nine patients with dystrophia myotonica. The severity of myotonia was assessed by clinical and electromyographic criteria and by testing the sensitivity of myotonic muscles to the intra-arterial infusion of potassium chloride. Confirming the(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic kidney disease (CKD) has a high prevalence in pregnancy. In a period of cost constraints, there is the need for identification of the risk pattern and for follow-up. METHODS Patients were staged according to K-DOQI guidelines. The analysis was prospective, January 2000-June 2011. Two hundred and forty-nine pregnancies were observed in(More)
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is increasingly encountered in pregnancy because of greater diagnostic awareness, which is a reflection of the newer, broader definitions (i.e., any changes in blood or urine composition or at imaging, or a glomerular filtration rate (GFR) of <60 mL/min lasting at least 3 months) and of increased incidence (higher maternal age(More)
BACKGROUND The correlation between advanced or proteinuric chronic kidney disease (CKD) and adverse pregnancy outcomes is intuitive, although how early CKD affects pregnancy remains unknown. Glomerular hyperfiltration is a physiological response to pregnancy, correlated with outcomes in hypertension or collagen diseases. The aim of the study was to(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Women affected by CKD increasingly choose to get pregnant. Experience with low-protein diets is limited. The aim of this study was to review results obtained from pregnant women with CKD on supplemented vegan-vegetarian low-protein diets. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS This was a single-arm, open intervention study(More)