Abstract: TH-PO664

Assessing the Hydration Status of Children with CKD and On Dialysis: A Comparison of Techniques

Session Information

  • Pediatric Nephrology
    November 02, 2017 | Location: Hall H, Morial Convention Center
    Abstract Time: 10:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Category: Developmental Biology and Inherited Kidney Diseases

  • 403 Pediatric Nephrology


  • Eng, Caroline Siew yin, Hospital Tuanku Jaafar Seremban, SEREMBAN, Malaysia
  • Shroff, Rukshana, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, United Kingdom

Fluid balance is pivotal in the management of children with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and on dialysis. Although many techniques are available to assess fluid status, there are few studies in children, and none of the techniques have been compared against each other or against cardiovascular outcome measures.


We performed a longitudinal study in 30 CKD children and 13 age-matched healthy controls (71 measurements) to determine a correlation between optimal weight by bioimpedance spectroscopy (Wt-BIS) and clinical assessment (Wt-CA). The accuracy of Wt-BIS (relative overhydration [Rel-OH]) was compared against indicators of fluid status and cardiovascular measures.


There was poor agreement between Wt-CA and Wt-BIS in children on dialysis when compared to CKD5 or control subjects (p=0.01). We developed a modified chart to plot Rel-OH against systolic BP z-score for the appropriate representation of volume status and BP in children. 25% of measurements showed systolic BP >90th percentile but not with concurrent overhydration. Rel-OH correlated with peripheral pulse pressure (p=0.03; R=0.3), higher NT-proBNP (p=0.02; R=0.33) and left ventricular end-diastolic diameter (p=0.05;R=0.38). Central aortic mean and pulse pressure significantly associated with the left ventricular end-diastolic diameter (p=0.03;R=0.47 and p=0.01;R=0.50 respectively), but not with Rel-OH. Systolic BP was positively associated with PWV z-score (p=0.04). 40% of children on HD and 30% on PD had increased LVMI.


BIS provides an objective method for the assessment of hydration status in children on dialysis. We noted a marked discrepancy between BP and hydration status in children on dialysis that warrants further investigation.

Relative overhydration (Rel-OH) against systolic blood pressure (SBP) Z-score.


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