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      Quality of Life in Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease Patients Treated With Tolvaptan


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          Rationale & Objective

          The impact of tolvaptan on health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) in patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is unknown. To address this knowledge gap, we studied patient-reported HRQoL in patients enrolled in the Bern ADPKD registry.

          Study Design

          Prospective cohort study.

          Settings & Participants

          Inclusion criteria were age 18 years or older, clinical diagnosis of ADPKD, and informed consent. The main exclusion criterion was need for kidney replacement therapy.


          HRQoL was assessed using the standardized Kidney Disease Quality of Life Short Form (KDQOL-SF) questionnaire at start of the study (baseline) and after 1 year (follow-up). The KDQOL-SF has 2 parts: a generic 36-Item Health Survey instrument with 8 subscores and 2 summary scores and a kidney disease–specific instrument to assess health concerns. Higher scores indicate better HRQoL. The influence of tolvaptan treatment on HRQoL and kidney-specific health concerns was analyzed using analysis of covariance, adjusting for HRQoL and health concerns before the start of the study, sex, and age.


          In 38 of 121 registry patients, tolvaptan treatment was initiated. Within the first 3 months, treatment had to be discontinued in 6 (16%) patients due to aquaretic side effects (n = 4; 11%) or elevated liver enzyme levels (n = 2; 5%), and a dose reduction was necessary in 8 (21%) patients. We included 98 patients (30 with and 68 without tolvaptan treatment) in the analysis for which baseline and 1-year follow-up data were available. At follow-up, and after adjusting for baseline scores, sex, and age, HRQoL and kidney-specific health concerns were not influenced by tolvaptan treatment, except for patient satisfaction, which was increased.


          Observational study design, monocentric study at tertiary referral hospital, almost exclusively white study population, grant support by Otsuka Pharmaceuticals.


          Our results indicate that tolvaptan does not significantly affect HRQoL in patients with ADPKD who tolerate treatment beyond the first 3 months of therapy.

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            Tolvaptan in Later-Stage Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease

            In a previous trial involving patients with early autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD; estimated creatinine clearance, ≥60 ml per minute), the vasopressin V2-receptor antagonist tolvaptan slowed the growth in total kidney volume and the decline in the estimated glomerular filtration rate (GFR) but also caused more elevations in aminotransferase and bilirubin levels. The efficacy and safety of tolvaptan in patients with later-stage ADPKD are unknown.
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              Unified criteria for ultrasonographic diagnosis of ADPKD.

              Individuals who are at risk for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease are often screened by ultrasound using diagnostic criteria derived from individuals with mutations in PKD1. Families with mutations in PKD2 typically have less severe disease, suggesting a potential need for different diagnostic criteria. In this study, 577 and 371 at-risk individuals from 58 PKD1 and 39 PKD2 families, respectively, were assessed by renal ultrasound and molecular genotyping. Using sensitivity data derived from genetically affected individuals and specificity data derived from genetically unaffected individuals, various diagnostic criteria were compared. In addition, data sets were created to simulate the PKD1 and PKD2 case mix expected in practice to evaluate the performance of diagnostic criteria for families of unknown genotype. The diagnostic criteria currently in use performed suboptimally for individuals with mutations in PKD2 as a result of reduced test sensitivity. In families of unknown genotype, the presence of three or more (unilateral or bilateral) renal cysts is sufficient for establishing the diagnosis in individuals aged 15 to 39 y, two or more cysts in each kidney is sufficient for individuals aged 40 to 59 y, and four or more cysts in each kidney is required for individuals > or = 60 yr. Conversely, fewer than two renal cysts in at-risk individuals aged > or = 40 yr is sufficient to exclude the disease. These unified diagnostic criteria will be useful for testing individuals who are at risk for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease in the usual clinical setting in which molecular genotyping is seldom performed.

                Author and article information

                Kidney Med
                Kidney Med
                Kidney Medicine
                26 February 2020
                Mar-Apr 2020
                26 February 2020
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                : 2
                : 162-171
                [1 ]Department of Nephrology and Hypertension, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, University of Bern, Switzerland
                [2 ]Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetology and Metabolism, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, University of Bern, Switzerland
                Author notes
                [] Address for Correspondence: Daniel G. Fuster, MD, Department of Nephrology and Hypertension, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, University of Bern, Freiburgstrasse 15, 3010 Bern, Switzerland. daniel.fuster@ 123456insel.ch
                © 2020 The Authors

                This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).

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                adpkd,tolvaptan,hrqol,quality of life
                adpkd, tolvaptan, hrqol, quality of life


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