Steroids for Childhood Nephrotic Syndrome do not result in Bone LossIn a recently published study, it was concluded that children who take steroid drugs do not suffer from bone loss when they are fighting against Childhood nephrotic syndrome.

The nephrotic syndrome that affects three out of every one hundred thousand children is considered to be the most common chronic kidney ailment in young children. This syndrome is believed to weaken ability of a young children’s body by eliminating the presence of salt and water from the blood causing swelling of the legs, belly, and region around eyes.

As per pediatric nephrologist Mary B. Leonard, M.D., of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and lead author of the study, the childhood nephrotic syndrome can be easily treated with steroid treatment when compared to treatment for other childhood diseases treated with steroid drugs.

The co-author of this study, Babette Zemel, Ph.D., of the Nutrition Center at Children’s Hospital, remarked that complete body measurements of the bone mineral content were found to be higher in children suffering from nephrotic syndrome than in healthy children.

The study was funded by the National Institute of Health.