Journal article

'Progressive diabetic nephropathy. How useful is microalbuminuria?: Contra'

Richard J Maclsaac, Elif I Ekinci, G Jerums

Kidney International | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2014

Abstract

The concept of microalbuminuria has been central to the development of clinical practice and research in the area of diabetic kidney disease (DKD). However, in recent times, the value of a paradigm of DKD based solely on microalbuminuria has been questioned. Although both the absolute level and rate of change of microalbuminuria are linked to the development and progression of DKD, microalbuminuria on its own lacks the necessary sensitivity or specificity to accurately predict kidney outcomes for people with diabetes. The development of microalbumiuria can no longer be viewed as a committed and irreversible stage of DKD, as spontaneous remission is now reported as a common occurrence. In add..

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