Pediatric Nephrology

, Volume 18, Issue 10, pp 1038–1043 | Cite as

Antiproteinuric effects of enalapril and losartan: a pilot study

  • Colin Thomas WhiteEmail author
  • Catherine Fiona Macpherson
  • Robert Morrison Hurley
  • Douglas George Matsell
Original Article


In this randomized double-blind crossover trial we compared the antiproteinuric effects of enalapril and losartan in six children with proteinuria and underlying renal injury. The primary endpoint was reduction in proteinuria during therapy. The study had two 8-week on-drug arms, with a 4-week washout period between. Baseline proteinuria was similar, enalapril 87 mg/m2 per hour and losartan 77 mg/m2 per hour. The mean reduction in proteinuria with enalapril was 48% (37%–57%) with a standard error of the mean of 3%; with losartan it was 31% (14%–52%) with a standard error of the mean of 7%. Although there was a significant reduction in proteinuria with the use of both drugs, the difference in reduction of proteinuria, 48% versus 31%, was not considered clinically significant. Potassium remained below 4.5 mmol/l in all patients. No patient's creatinine rose more than the standard deviation of our assay. Blood pressure (BP) control was acceptable in four of the six patients; two patients had persistently elevated or increased BP on each drug. Side effects were minimal; none requiring withdrawal, one requiring dose reduction. Studies have shown that angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors can reduce proteinuria in children with renal disorders. No studies to date have examined the reduction of proteinuria achieved by angiotensin receptor blockers. Our study, although small, suggests that angiotensin receptor blockers may reduce proteinuria as effectively, and as safely, as angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors.


Proteinuria Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors Angiotensin receptor antagonists Randomized control trial Double-blind crossover study 



The data in this paper were presented in part at the Canadian Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting in Ottawa, March 2002. The authors would like to thank the Child Health Research Institute, at the University of Western Ontario, for their generous financial support of this study, and Daniel Noël PhD of the University of Western Ontario and Ruth Milner clinical research support group of the University of British Columbia for their assistance with the statistical analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Colin Thomas White
    • 1
    Email author
  • Catherine Fiona Macpherson
    • 2
  • Robert Morrison Hurley
    • 1
  • Douglas George Matsell
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of NephrologyBritish Columbia's Children's HospitalVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Children's Hospital and Regional Health CenterSeattleUSA
  3. 3.Section of Pediatric NephrologyChildren's Hospital of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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