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  Tuesday, 21 January 2014
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What is the nephrology appointment frequency recommended in ckd for stages 1-2-3-4-5 and if I can find it in the litterature
10 years ago
Hi Benoit,

You ask a great question without a simple answer. There are no guidelines that really address your question adequately since CKD staging is not a precise way to classify patients. The current staging system (1 through 5) ignores proteinuria, an extremely important variable. A patient CKD 3 who has no proteinuria is much less likely to progress than a a patient with stage 2 CKD who has heavy proteinuria. Therefore, it is difficult to make recommendations for followup, based solely on stage.

Having said this, here are some general guideline:

Patients with stable CKD 1-3 without proteinuria and well controlled blood pressure might be seen every 9-12 months by a nephrologist. It might be reasonable for such patients to see their family doctors more frequently for blood pressure checks. Some patients with the above features and CKD stage 1-2 might not even require nephrology input at all.

Patients with stable CKD 1-3 who have significant proteinuria (greater than 1 g / day) might be seen more frequently (every 3-6 months) by their nephrologist in order to adjust medications intended to reduce protein excretion.

Patients with CKD 4-5 might need more frequent monitoring by their nephrologist (every 1-3 months) particularly if phosphate binders or erythropoeitin are being used. Such patients might be best managed in a multidisciplinary renal management clinic.

Remember, these are only general guidelines and some patient s may not suit the recommendations above.

Dr. Jordan Weinstein
10 years ago
very helpful thank you very much
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