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      Mass urinary screening and follow-up for school children in Taiwan Province.

      Acta paediatrica Taiwanica = Taiwan er ke yi xue hui za zhi
      Adolescent, Child, Female, Glomerulonephritis, diagnosis, epidemiology, Humans, Kidney Failure, Chronic, Lupus Nephritis, Male, Mass Screening, Prevalence, Proteinuria, Taiwan, Urinalysis

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          Mass urinary screening has been carried out among the students of public and private elementary and junior high schools in the Province of Taiwan each semester since 1990. About 3 million students were screened each time. The students who had abnormal urine screening results at the first time received a second urine analysis 10 to 15 days later to confirm the abnormal urine analysis. The blood samples of the students with abnormal urine examination were taken and biochemistry examinations including creatinine (Cr) etc. were performed since 1992. All students with abnormal urine screening results were graded by the severity of hematuria and proteinuria, the heavy proteinuria graded as "D". Chronic renal failure (CRF) is defined as impaired renal function with the serum Cr over 1.7 mg/dl. Longitudinal continuous blood and urine examinations were performed each semester for the students of grade "D" and with CRF. CRF was confirmed by either the hospital medical records or telephone visit. The purpose of this study was to delineate the prevalence of heavy proteinuria (grade D) and CRF in the students of elementary and junior high school in the Taiwan Province from 1992 to 1996. The results revealed the number of urinary screening was 10,288,620. There were 5980 cases with heavy proteinuria with four-year prevalence of 5.81 x 10(-4), 4.83 x 10(-4) for boys; 6.87 x 10(-4) for girls. Girls were affected more often than boys. The peak age of girls was 12 years old and boys was 13 years old. The number of CRF cases was 189 with the four-year prevalence of 1.84 x 10(-5), 2.24 x 10(-5) for boys; 1.41 x 10(-5) for girls. The incidence rate increased after the age of 10; the peak age of boys being 14-year-old and of girls 12-year-old. The exact contributing factors, such as location on islet or lack of pediatric nephrologist, need further study. In conclusion, the four-year prevalence of heavy proteinuria in the students of the elementary and junior high schools in Taiwan was higher in girls than in boys. Glomerular nephritis (GN) is still one of the major causes of urinary abnormalities. The most-important secondary GN was systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) with lupus nephritis. The percentage of SLE patients among anti-nuclear antibody (ANA) positive was 72%. In contrast, the four-year prevalence of CRF disease was higher in boys with the peak age at 14-year-old. GN is still the major cause of urinary screening abnormality. ANA study is indicated in all Chinese students with abnormal urinary screening.

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