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Journal of Medical Case Reports

, 10:50

First Online: 08 March 2016Received: 19 November 2015Accepted: 14 February 2016DOI: 10.1186-s13256-016-0836-4

Cite this article as: Seker, A. J Med Case Reports 2016 10: 50. doi:10.1186-s13256-016-0836-4


BackgroundThe incidence of pregnancy in women with end-stage renal disease seems to be increasing. Improvements in dialysis, obstetrical care, and antenatal fetal monitoring over the past two decades appear to have increased fertility rates and successful pregnancies in dialysis-dependent women. A pregnancy with a successful outcome despite the long dialysis period, as in the patient described here, is very rarely reported in the literature.

Case presentationI report a case of a 34-year-old white Kurdish woman who had had two uncomplicated pregnancies while on hemodialysis, with delivery of healthy babies. The first pregnancy occurred in the eighth year of her hemodialysis and ended in the 32nd week of gestation with healthy vaginal delivery of a 1900-g baby. The second pregnancy occurred in the 14th year of her hemodialysis and ended in the 30th week of gestation, with vaginal delivery of a 1400-g baby. The second baby, who had respiratory problems, was discharged after 45 days of intensive care.

ConclusionsAlthough pregnancy during the hemodialysis is risky, the outcomes of the pregnancies could be improved by an intensive hemodialysis regimen, appropriate anemia management, strict blood pressure follow-up, and correct evaluation of the dry weight.

KeywordsEnd stage renal disease Hemodialysis Two successful pregnancies Vaginal delivery Case report AbbreviationsBPblood pressure

EDTAEuropean Dialysis and Transplant Association

ESRDend-stage renal disease

IUinternational units

SGAsmall for gestational age

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Autor: Ayse Seker


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