Experts raise alarm over rising cases of kidney diseases in pregnant women

By ASN Staff

“The experts who say they are seeing more cases of kidney disease in pregnant women, have urged women seeking to get pregnant to know their medical history and recognize specific medical indicators that can lead to malfunctioning or total breakdown of their kidneys.

Even the Nigeria Association of Nephrology warns of a looming epidemic of kidney disease in the country, and has urged the Federal Government to prioritise treatment of kidney disorders.

In Nigeria alone, nephrologists say each year, 17,000 new cases of kidney failures are diagnosed even as around 38 million persons are suffering from various degrees of kidney disease.

With N18,000 as minimum wage, the total lifetime cost of handling kidney disease in Nigeria is huge. For instance, a kidney transplant goes for abut N10 million. Unfortunately, not many patients can afford it. Dialysis costs between N30,000 – N90,000 per session, while most patients spend N90,000 – N150,000 a week.

According to Consultant Nephrologist and Head of Clinical Services, Healing Stripes Hospital Lagos, Dr. Adedamola Akinsiku, hypertension and diabetes either before or during pregnancy can lead to kidney disease if the conditions are not properly managed.

Akinsiku explained that some women are genetically hypertensive while others become hypertensive as a result of their lifestyle, ‘but when they get pregnant which is additional load on the kidneys, can result in kidney disease if not properly managed.

‘During pregnancy some women, due to pressure and stress, develop gestational hypertension. The good thing about this is that after the baby is born, the blood pressure returns to normal.’”

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“The experts who say they are seeing more cases of kidney disease in pregnant women, have urged women seeking to get pregnant to know their medical history and recognize specific medical indicators that can lead to malfunctioning or total breakdown of their kidneys.

Even the Nigeria Association of Nephrology warns of a looming epidemic of kidney disease in the country, and has urged the Federal Government to prioritise treatment of kidney disorders.

In Nigeria alone, nephrologists say each year, 17,000 new cases of kidney failures are diagnosed even as around 38 million persons are suffering from various degrees of kidney disease.

With N18,000 as minimum wage, the total lifetime cost of handling kidney disease in Nigeria is huge. For instance, a kidney transplant goes for abut N10 million. Unfortunately, not many patients can afford it. Dialysis costs between N30,000 – N90,000 per session, while most patients spend N90,000 – N150,000 a week.

According to Consultant Nephrologist and Head of Clinical Services, Healing Stripes Hospital Lagos, Dr. Adedamola Akinsiku, hypertension and diabetes either before or during pregnancy can lead to kidney disease if the conditions are not properly managed.

Akinsiku explained that some women are genetically hypertensive while others become hypertensive as a result of their lifestyle, ‘but when they get pregnant which is additional load on the kidneys, can result in kidney disease if not properly managed.

‘During pregnancy some women, due to pressure and stress, develop gestational hypertension. The good thing about this is that after the baby is born, the blood pressure returns to normal.’”

Please read the full article on Vanguard.

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Monday, April 2, 2018