Ghaffar SAE, Kaffas KE, Hegazy R, Mostafa M. Renal Doppler indices in diabetic children with insulin resistance syndrome.
End-stage renal failure is still a leading cause of mortality among type 1 diabetes patients. Insulin resistance plays a larger role in type 1 diabetes disease process than is commonly recognized. Detection of diabetic nephropathy as early as possible currently offers the best chance of delaying or possibly preventing progression to end-stage disease. Renal resistive index (RI) and pulsatility index (PI), measured using renal Doppler ultrasonography, reflect intrarenal vascular resistance. The present work aimed at examining renal Doppler indices (RI and PI) in type 1 diabetic children and their relation to features of insulin resistance and other established parameters of early diabetic nephropathy as microalbuminuria. One hundred diabetic children with a mean age of 13.4 ± 2.9 yr and an average diabetes duration of (7.2 ± 2.5 yr) were included. Thirty healthy children served as controls. All renal Doppler indices were significantly higher in children with type 1 diabetes mellitus (p ≤ 0.01). The worst parameters were observed in children diagnosed with insulin resistance syndrome (IRS) (38%), hypertensive (12%), and obese (4%) children. Resisitive index showed a significant correlation to blood pressure (r = 0.2, p = 0.04), waist–hip ratio (r = 0.5, p = 0.02), insulin dose (r = 0.2, p = 0.02) and estimated glucose disposal rate (r = −0.5, p = 0.01). No correlation was noted to microalbuminuria, HbA1c, or duration of diabetes. The present work concluded that renal Doppler indices are worse in diabetic children and particularly those with IRS. These children appear to be at graver risk for diabetic nephropathy. In these patients adding renal Doppler assessment to their work up, might diagnose diabetic nephropathy at a prealbuminuric stage.