Women and kidney disease: Reflections on World Kidney Day 2018

Giorgina B. Piccoli, Mona Alrukhaimi, Zhi Hong Liu, Elena Zakharova, Adeera Levin, Philip Kam Tao Li, Guillermo Garcia-Garcia, Mohammed Benghanem-Gharbi, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, Charles Kernahan, Latha Kumaraswami, Giorgina Barbara Piccoli, Gamal Saadi, Louise Fox, Sharon Andreoli

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Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects â 1/410% of the world's adult population: it is one of the top 20 causes of death worldwide and its impact on patients and their families can be devastating. World Kidney Day and International Women's Day coincide in 2018, thus offering an opportunity to reflect on the importance of women's health, and specifically their kidney health, on the community and the next generations, as well as to strive to be more curious about the unique aspects of kidney disease in women so that we may apply these learnings more broadly. Girls and women, who make up â 1/450% of the world's population, are important contributors to society and their families. Gender differences continue to exist around the world in access to education, medical care and participation in clinical studies. Pregnancy is a unique state for women, offering an opportunity for the diagnosis of kidney disease, and also a state where acute and chronic kidney diseases may manifest and that may impact future generations with respect to kidney health. There are various autoimmune and other conditions that are more likely to impact women with profound consequences for childbearing and on the fetus. Women have different complications on dialysis than men and are more likely to be donors than recipients of kidney transplants. In this editorial we focus on what we do and do not know about women, kidney health and kidney disease and what we might learn in the future to improve outcomes worldwide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-193
Number of pages5
JournalNephrology Dialysis Transplantation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018


  • access to care
  • acute and chronic kidney disease
  • inequities
  • kidney health
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Transplantation

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