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Teens Heading for Bariatric Surgery Show Kidney Damage

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Teens Heading for Bariatric Surgery Show Kidney Damage

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LAS VEGAS -- Seventeen percent of severely obese adolescents slated for bariatric surgery in the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery study already had micro- or macroalbuminuria.

At a meeting sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation, Dr. Nianzhou Xiao said that future reports from the ongoing Teen-LABS study will provide the answer to a critical question: Is this worrisome loss of kidney function so early in life reversible via surgical weight loss?

Dr. Xiao presented a cross-sectional baseline report on 242 severely obese adolescents with a median body mass index of 50.5 kg/[m.sup.2]. Fourteen percent had microalbuminuria and another 3.1% had macroalbuminuria. Although the group's mean estimated glomerular filtration rate was 107.6 mL/min per 1.73 [m.sup.2], 3% of the teens had an eGFR below 60 mL/ min per 1.73 [m.sup.2], which is the definition of stage 3 chronic kidney disease.

In addition, 45% of the teens were hypertensive before surgery, 74% were dyslipidemic, and 13. …

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