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      Diabetes mellitus Worsens Intrarenal Hemodynamic Abnormalities in Nondialyzed Patients with Chronic Renal Failure


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          Duplex Doppler sonography has been reported to be useful in examining the intrarenal hemodynamic abnormalities in various renal diseases. We investigated the impact of diabetes on intrarenal hemodynamics in patients with chronic renal failure (CRF). The resistive index and pulsatility index of the renal interlobar arteries were measured using duplex Doppler sonography in 90 CRF patients (serum creatinine >130 and <800 mmol/l, mean age 59 ± 11 years). Forty-eight patients had type 2 diabetes and 42 did not. Twenty-nine age-matched, healthy subjects served as controls. Both resistive index and pulsatility index were greater in CRF patients than in the controls (p < 0.0001). No significant differences existed in age, sex, body mass index, total serum cholesterol, serum creatinine, estimated creatinine clearance, or mean blood pressure between the diabetic CRF and nondiabetic CRF groups. Resistive index and pulsatility index were significantly increased in the diabetic CRF patients compared to the nondiabetic CRF patients (p < 0.0001). Multiple regression analysis of all CRF patients revealed that resistive index was independently affected by the presence of type 2 diabetes (F = 44.535), as well as decreased creatinine clearance (F = 18.157) and age (F = 15.160) (R<sup>2</sup> = 0.559, p < 0.0001). These results clearly demonstrated that intrarenal arterial resistance is significantly increased in CRF patients with type 2 diabetes compared to similar patients without diabetes. The impact of diabetes mellitus and advanced age on intrarenal hemodynamics may be due to intrarenal arteriosclerosis and interstitital lesions. Measurements of RI values in addition to conventional ultrasound imaging may add further information on such renal lesions.

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              Hepatorenal syndrome, a well-recognized complication of established liver disease, is characterized by early renal vasoconstriction before clinically recognized renal disease. Renal vasoconstriction causes increased renal vascular resistance, which can be detected noninvasively by Doppler ultrasonography. To detect early renal hemodynamic changes in patients with hepatic cirrhosis who had clinically normal renal functions. Twenty patients with hepatic cirrhosis and ascites, 11 patients with hepatic cirrhosis without ascites, and 23 healthy control subjects. All cirrhotic patients had normal serum urea nitrogen and creatinine values. Peak systolic, peak diastolic, and mean flow velocities; pulsatile index; resistive index; and peak systolic velocity/peak diastolic velocity ratio as measured by renal Doppler ultrasonography. Peak diastolic flow velocity was significantly lower in cirrhotic patients with ascites than in cirrhotic patients without ascites and control subjects (P < .02 and P < .004, respectively), but the peak systolic flow velocity/peak diastolic flow velocity ratio (P < .007 and P < .001, respectively), pulsatile index (P < .007 and P < .001, respectively), and resistive index (P < .007 and P < .001, respectively) were significantly higher in cirrhotic patients with ascites than in cirrhotic patients without ascites and controls. Renal Doppler ultrasonography can noninvasively identify a subgroup of nonazotemic patients with hepatic cirrhosis who are at high risk for subsequent development of renal dysfunction and hepatorenal syndrome.

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                S. Karger AG
                September 2000
                30 August 2000
                : 86
                : 1
                : 44-51
                Second Department of Internal Medicine, Osaka City University Medical School, Osaka, Japan
                45711 Nephron 2000;86:44–51
                © 2000 S. Karger AG, Basel

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                Original Paper

                Cardiovascular Medicine,Nephrology
                Arteriosclerosis,Resistive index,Duplex Doppler sonography,Type 2 diabetes mellitus,Chronic renal failure,Intrarenal hemodynamics


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