Prescription of drugs blocking the renin-angiotensin system in Italian children

Mario G. Bianchetti, Anita Ammenti, Luigi Avolio, Alberto Bettinelli, Maurizio Bosio, Emilio Fossali, Angela Manna, Silvio Maringhini, Ivana Pela, Ilse M. Ratsch, Sara Viganò, Gianluigi Ardissino

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Little is known about the prescription pattern of antihypertensive drugs for children with impaired kidney function. We have therefore documented the use of antihypertensive drugs in this patient group by evaluating the Italian pediatric population-based registry of patients with chronic kidney disease on conservative treatment (ItalKid) from 1995 to 2003. In 1995, prescriptions written for antihypertensive drugs for use by children were approximately equally divided among drugs blocking the renin-angiotensin system and calcium channel blockers (38 vs. 43% of all prescriptions), followed by β-blockers and diuretics (15 and 4%, respectively). During subsequent years the proportion of prescriptions for drugs blocking the renin-angiotensin system increased (2003: 61%; p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-148
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric Nephrology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007


  • Childhood
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney disease
  • Renal
  • Renin-angiotensin-system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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