Toggle Main Menu Toggle Search

Open Access padlockePrints

Glomerular ultrafiltration in normal and preeclamptic pregnancy

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Peter Baylis, Emeritus Professor John Davison


Full text for this publication is not currently held within this repository. Alternative links are provided below where available.


GFR and renal plasma flow (RPF) decrease in preeclampsia, a serious hypertensive complication of pregnancy. Serial data derived in late pregnancy (LP) and >5 mo post-partum (PP) in 13 healthy controls and 10 preeclamptic women (13 and 5, respectively) returning PP for theoretical analysis of neutral dextran sieving curves (θD), are presented and are used to calculate the key determinants of glomerular ultrafiltration. Normal LP hyperfiltration was associated with increases in RPF and the ultrafiltration coefficient (Kf), as well as in the nondiscriminatory shunt pathway (ω0) and the SD of pore size (S). Preeclamptic LP showed the largest ω0 and S values, indicating a loss of size-selectivity, accompanying reduced Kf and RPF, both of which are implicated in the relative hypofiltration. Despite a 100-fold increase in urinary albumin excretion (UAE), LP preeclamptic θD values were reduced for the equivalent neutral dextran (36Å), providing indirect evidence for a loss of glomerular barrier charge-selectivity. All the determinants of GFR and all modeled parameters were comparable across both groups PP, strong evidence that preeclamptic glomerular dysfunction resolves.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Moran P, Baylis PH, Lindheimer MD, Davison JM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

Year: 2003

Volume: 14

Issue: 3

Pages: 648-652

ISSN (print): 1046-6673

ISSN (electronic): 1533-3450

Publisher: American Society of Nephrology


DOI: 10.1097/01.ASN.0000051724.66235.E0

PubMed id: 12595500


Altmetrics provided by Altmetric