Age dependency of intrarenal resistance index (RI) in healthy adults and patients with fatty liver disease

Kaiser, C; Götzberger, M; Landauer, N; Dieterle, C; Heldwein, W; Schiemann, U (2007). Age dependency of intrarenal resistance index (RI) in healthy adults and patients with fatty liver disease. European journal of medical research, 12(5), pp. 191-5. München: I. Holzapfel

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BACKGROUND: Our aim was to investigate the influence of age and gender on intrarenal resistance index (RI) measurements in 78 healthy subjects (46 males, 32 females; group 1) and 35 subjects (group 2) with fatty liver disease (28 males and 7 females). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: First, each subject underwent a conventional abdominal ultrasound examination. Then, intrarenal RI values were determined from three distinct interlobar and cortical arteries respectively on both kidneys. The correlation of intrarenal RI with age and gender as a variable was statistically evaluated by linear regression. RESULTS: In group 1, the variables gender, kidney region and comparison of right versus left kidney had no significant effect on intrarenal RI (p>0.05). The variable age, on the other hand, showed a significant positive correlation on all four defined measuring points (p<0.01) with linear correlation coefficients of r = 0.26 (left kidney, central) to r = 0.37 (right kidney, cortical). Therefore normal RI values at ages 25, 45, 65 years could be defined as 0.59, 0.61 and 0.63, respectively. Age dependency can thus be expressed as a function with the formula y = 0.565 + 0.001.x. Patients with fatty liver disease showed age dependency on renal RI (p<0.01) as well. CONCLUSION: In accordance with other studies, the influence of age on intrarenal RI measurement is significant in healthy subjects. Intrarenal RI values from subjects with a fatty liver disease showed age dependency as well. Therefore it is necessary to consider the age of the examined person to interpret RI values correctly.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of General Internal Medicine (DAIM) > Clinic of General Internal Medicine > Centre of Competence for General Internal Medicine

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Schiemann, Uwe Kurt






I. Holzapfel




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04 Oct 2013 15:01

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04 May 2014 23:18

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