Nutrition aspects in children receiving maintenance hemodialysis: impact on outcome

Pediatr Nephrol. 2009 May;24(5):951-7. doi: 10.1007/s00467-007-0728-3. Epub 2008 Feb 22.


Children with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) have rates of mortality estimated to be 30-times higher than expected for age compared with those of healthy children. Physical manifestations of under-nutrition, such as body mass index (BMI) and low height standard deviation score (SDS), have been associated with increased risk of mortality. Traditional measures, such as height, weight and serum albumin concentration, may not be accurate indicators to assess the nutritional status of children receiving maintenance hemodialysis. Normalized protein catabolic rate (nPCR) has emerged as a better marker of nutritional status of such children. Meeting the special nutritional needs of these children often requires nutritional supplementation, by either the enteral or the parenteral route. Recently, in children receiving maintenance hemodialysis who are malnourished, intradialytic parenteral nutrition (IDPN) has been utilized as a means to provide additional protein and calories. This article is a state-of-the-art review of malnutrition in children receiving maintenance hemodialysis, with special focus on outcome, nPCR and IDPN.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Biomarkers / metabolism
  • Child
  • Child Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / complications
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / therapy*
  • Nutrition Assessment*
  • Parenteral Nutrition / methods
  • Protein-Energy Malnutrition / etiology
  • Protein-Energy Malnutrition / therapy*
  • Proteins / metabolism
  • Renal Dialysis / methods*
  • Young Adult


  • Biomarkers
  • Proteins