COVID-19, kidney, and renal diseases

Johann Morelle, Arnaud Devresse, Nathalie Demoulin, Valentine Gillion, Eric Goffin, Nada Kanaan, Laura Labriola, Michel Jadoul Published in the journal : May 2020 Category : Nephrology

Summary :

This short contribution first focuses on the growing evidence showing that the kidney is a target for the coronavirus, with signs of kidney disease being a marker of COVID-19 severity. It next discusses the reasons not to withdraw angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors/angiotensin receptor blockers in high-risk groups, as well as the potential risk of virus transmission inside the hemodialysis unit or via peritoneal dialysis. Finally, the article summarizes the data available regarding COVID-19 in kidney transplant recipients and concludes with some considerations concerning the major challenges faced when it comes to ensuring high-quality medical care during this pandemic.

Key Words

SARS-CoV-2, coronavirus, acute kidney failure, chronic kidney disease, hemodialysis, kidney transplantation