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Early dialysis in a neonate with intrauterine lisinopril exposure
  1. G Filler,
  2. H Wong,
  3. A S Condello,
  4. C Charbonneau,
  5. B Sinclair,
  6. T Kovesi,
  7. J Hutchison
  1. Department of Paediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, 401 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON K2H 7M9, Canada
  1. Correspondence to:
    Professor Filler, Department of Paediatrics, Division of Nephrology, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, University of Ottawa, 401 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON K1H 8L1, Canada;


In general, angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors should be discontinued in pregnancy, as they can induce an ACE fetopathy. For the treatment of the latter, early peritoneal dialysis is recommended for in utero exposure to captopril and enalapril, although the outcome is poor. Early peritoneal dialysis has not previously been reported for lisinopril induced multiorgan failure. A case is reported in which treatment was given on postnatal day 3. The patient recovered from oligoanuria to almost normal renal function, and heart, brain, and musculoskeletal injury was reversible. This is despite relatively poor clearance of the drug through peritoneal dialysis. Analysis of the pharmacokinetic data suggests that haemodialysis or haemofiltration would be more efficacious for removal of the drug, and these treatments should be performed if available.

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