Michael Moritz

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Recurrence of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) in pediatric renal allografts is associated with a poor graft survival. This study reports on plasmapheresis for the treatment of recurrent FSGS in pediatric renal transplant recipients. The records of 100 consecutive pediatric (age <21 years) renal transplants were reviewed. Twenty patients had FSGS(More)
BACKGROUND Angiotensin receptor antagonists are effective in reducing proteinuria by an action independent of blood pressure. As a consequence, such agents retard progressive renal dysfunction in adults with chronic proteinuria. Long-term efficacy and tolerability data in children are unavailable. METHODS Efficacy of losartan in reducing proteinuria and(More)
Introduction In conjunction with the tremendous medical advances of the past century, an increasing number of hospitalized patients are dependent on parenteral fluids. Caring for children who have complex medical conditions has resulted in new challenges for prescribing parenteral therapy to maintain sodium and water homeostasis; most electrolyte(More)
OBJECTIVE The current standard of care in pediatrics is to administer hypotonic saline in maintenance parenteral fluids. The safety of this approach has never been evaluated. METHODS A review of the literature reveals that the administration of hypotonic fluids is potentially dangerous and may not be physiologic for the hospitalized child. RESULTS There(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES This study evaluated the relevance of complement factor H (CFH)-related protein (CFHR) 1 deficiency in pediatric patients with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) by evaluating both the frequency of deletions in CFHR1 and the presence of complement factor H (CFH) antibodies. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS A(More)
A critical aspect of the care of acutely ill patients is the administration of intravenous fluids. Intravenous fluids may be required as a bolus infusion for resuscitation or as a continuous infusion when sufficient fluids cannot be ingested orally. The goal of maintenance intravenous fluids is to preserve the extracellular volume while maintaining a normal(More)
Hospital-acquired hyponatremia can be lethal. There have been multiple reports of death or permanent neurological impairment in both children and adults. The main factor contributing to the development of hospital-acquired hyponatremia is routine use of hypotonic fluids in patients in whom the excretion of free water, which is retained in response to excess(More)
BACKGROUND BK virus (BKV)-associated nephropathy (BKVAN) has been increasingly recognized as an important cause of renal transplant dysfunction. We report the role of quantitative viral load monitoring in the management of BKVAN. METHODS We developed a real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay for BKV detection in urine and plasma. Four(More)
Hyponatremia is the most common electrolyte abnormality encountered in children. In the past decade, new advances have been made in understanding the pathogenesis of hyponatremic encephalopathy and in its prevention and treatment. Recent data have determined that hyponatremia is a more serious condition than previously believed. It is a major comorbidity(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW To review the principles of prescribing intravenous fluids (IVFs) to the acutely ill child and of adjusting sodium composition and fluid rate to prevent disorders in serum sodium or volume status from occurring. RECENT FINDINGS Recent data have revealed that the historic approach of administering hypotonic IVFs results in a high(More)