Kids with chronic kidney disease have lower IQs and poorer educational outcomes

Chronic kidney disease causes irreversible deterioration in renal function, often requiring dialysis or transplant surgery. In children, genetic causes account for the greatest number of cases. Published today in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology the research shows children with CKD are at greater risk of deficits in academic skills, visual and verbal memory, and executive function. The analysis included 34 studies of over 3000 children and adolescents under the age of 21 years. Key findings "The IQ of children with CKD is low to average," says the study's lead author, Dr Kerry Chen of the University...

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