Néphrologie & Thérapeutique


Lower limb arterial thrombosis in a nephrotic syndrome Volume 13, issue 4, Juin 2017


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The incidence rate of renal replacement therapy (RRT) for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is decreasing in several countries, but not in France. We studied the RRT trends in mainland France from 2005 to 2014 to understand the reasons for this discrepancy and determine the effects of ESRD management changes.


Data were extracted from the French Renal Epidemiology and Information Network registry. Time trends of RRT incidence and prevalence rates, patients’ clinical and treatment characteristics were analysed using the Joinpoint regression program and annual percentage changes. Survival within the first year of RRT was analysed using Kaplan-Meier estimates for 4 periods of time.


The overall age- and gender-adjusted RRT incidence rate increased from 144 to 159 individuals per million inhabitants (pmi) (+0.8% per year; 95% CI: 0.5–1.2) and the prevalence from 903 to 1141 pmi (+2.4% per year; 95% CI: 2.2–2.7). This increase concerned exclusively ESRD associated with type 2 diabetes (+4.0%; 3.4–4.6) and mostly elderly men. Despite patient aging and increasing comorbidity burden and a persistent 30% rate of emergency dialysis start, the one-year survival rate slightly improved from 82.1% (81.4–82.8) to 83.8% (83.3–84.4). Pre-emptive wait listing for renal transplantation and the percentage of wait-listed patients within one year after dialysis start strongly increased (from 5.6% to 15.5% and from 29% to 39%, respectively).


Kidney transplantation and survival significantly improved despite the heavier patient burden. However, the rise in type 2 diabetes-related ESRD and the stable high rate of emergency dialysis start remain major issues.

Les complications thromboemboliques sont fréquentes au cours du syndrome néphrotique. Les localisations artérielles sont rares. Leur prise en charge n’est pas codifiée, elle dépend de la localisation et de l’état d’hypercoagulabilité. Nous rapportons ici l’observation d’une ischémie aiguë du membre inférieur survenant au décours d’un syndrome néphrotique et compliqué d’une nécrose des orteils. Le diagnostic a été confirmé par échographie-Doppler. Une thrombectomie a été réalisée et le patient fut mis sous traitement anticoagulant. Les soins locaux ont permis une amélioration de l’état local, évitant une nécrosectomie.

Thromboembolic complications are frequent in the nephrotic syndrome. Arterial localizations have been rarely reported. There is no consensus on their management; it depends on the location and hypercoagulable state. We report a case of acute lower limb ischemia occurring in children with a history of nephrotic syndrome, complicated by toes necrosis. The diagnosis was made by Doppler ultrasonography. Thrombectomy was performed and the patient received an anticoagulant treatment. Local cares have improved the local state, avoiding surgical necrosectomy.