In a report from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Marva Moxey-Mims, M.D., division chief of nephrology at Children’s National Hospital and Celina Brunson, M.D., medical director of dialysis, review the current state of reproductive healthcare for adolescents in the United States. They also explore the limited information available for pregnancy in adolescents with chronic kidney disease, including concerns for the impact of pregnancy on progression of kidney disease, and the potential fetotoxic effects of medications prescribed for some types of kidney disease and in kidney transplantation. They describe barriers to access to important information for reproductive healthcare options, which may be exacerbated after the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
This work gives pediatric nephrologists information that can help them provide appropriate information and support to their adolescent patients with chronic kidney disease.
“This work will provide guidance around reproductive healthcare options for those with chronic kidney disease. We need to learn to be comfortable about ways to educate and help our teens with chronic kidney disease to optimize their overall health,” says Moxey-Mims.
Read more about the report from the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.