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BACKGROUND The persistence of secondary hyperparathyroidism after renal transplantation is frequent and often complicated by overt hypercalcemia. Recent investigations have shown an effect of the different vitamin D receptor (VDR) genotypes on parathyroid hormone (PTH) secretion in both primary and secondary hyperparathyroidism. The aims of this study were(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the role of immunological tests for monitoring lupus nephritis (LN) activity. METHODS C3, C4, anti-dsDNA and anti-C1q antibodies were prospectively performed over 6 years in 228 patients with LN. RESULTS In membranous LN only anti-C1q antibodies differentiated proteinuric flares from quiescent disease (p = 0.02). However, in this(More)
1. Dietary calcium restriction, an efficient practice in reducing urinary calcium excretion, has been reported to induce either an increase or no change in oxalate excretion, questioning its use in hypercalciuric stone-forming patients. In addition, calcium restriction has been previously demonstrated to induce other urinary changes which might influence(More)
A metabolic study was performed in 28 patients with bilateral recurrent calcium-containing renal staghorn calculi and chronic pyelonephritis ("obstructive nephropathy"). Fourteen had normal GFR and 14 mild renal insufficiency. Ten normal subjects were used as controls. Under basal conditions, polyuria and negative sodium balance were commonly observed in(More)
BACKGROUND Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is highly prevalent in the dialyzed population, possibly because of inadequate diagnosis and therapy of arterial hypertension. The purpose of this study was to ascertain the adequacy of our approach in correctly identifying and treating arterial hypertension in our dialysis center. METHODS Fifty-five dialyzed(More)
The impact of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection on mortality of patients receiving regular dialysis remains unclear. The assessment of the natural history of HCV in dialysis population is difficult because of the low progression of HCV-related liver disease over time and the reduced life expectancy in patients with end-stage renal disease. The aim of the(More)
The objective of this study was to compare oxidative status and homocysteinemia in patients with lupus nephritis (LN) and in controls. Total antioxidant capacity (TAC), reactive oxygen species (ROS), homocysteine and related vitamins were measured in 68 patients with LN and in 50 controls. LN patients had lower TAC (p = 0.05) and higher ROS and(More)
BACKGROUND Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) is a thrombotic microangiopathy characterized by hemolysis, platelet consumption, and renal injury. Eculizumab, a mAb that blocks complement activity, has been successfully used in aHUS. OBJECTIVES To optimize eculizumab therapy in aHUS patients by monitoring complement functional tests and markers of(More)