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INTRODUCTION There is no consensus definition of acute renal failure (ARF) in critically ill patients. More than 30 different definitions have been used in the literature, creating much confusion and making comparisons difficult. Similarly, strong debate exists on the validity and clinical relevance of animal models of ARF; on choices of fluid management(More)
BACKGROUND The optimal intensity of renal-replacement therapy in critically ill patients with acute kidney injury is controversial. METHODS We randomly assigned critically ill patients with acute kidney injury and failure of at least one nonrenal organ or sepsis to receive intensive or less intensive renal-replacement therapy. The primary end point was(More)
PURPOSE Current reports on acute kidney injury (AKI) in the intensive care unit (ICU) show wide variation in occurrence rate and are limited by study biases such as use of incomplete AKI definition, selected cohorts, or retrospective design. Our aim was to prospectively investigate the occurrence and outcomes of AKI in ICU patients. METHODS The Acute(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Most studies of contrast-induced acute kidney injury (CIAKI) have focused on patients undergoing angiographic procedures. The incidence and outcomes of CIAKI in patients undergoing nonemergent, contrast-enhanced computed tomography in the inpatient and outpatient setting were assessed. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, &(More)
In response to the recently released 2012 KDIGO (Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes) clinical practice guideline for acute kidney injury (AKI), the National Kidney Foundation organized a group of US experts in adult and pediatric AKI and critical care nephrology to review the recommendations and comment on their relevancy in the context of current US(More)
Hyponatremia and hypernatremia are common electrolyte disorders resulting from disorders in water homeostasis. Hyponatremia usually results from defects in free water excretion, although increased intake may also contribute. The treatment of hyponatremia has been controversial because of the high associated morbidity and mortality and the observation that(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Despite significant advances in the epidemiology of acute kidney injury (AKI), prognostication remains a major clinical challenge. Unfortunately, no reliable method to predict renal recovery exists. The discovery of biomarkers to aid in clinical risk prediction for recovery after AKI would represent a significant advance over(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the incidence, clinical characteristics, and outcome for general medical-surgical hospital patients with hypernatremia. DESIGN A prospective cohort study. SETTING A 942-bed urban university hospital. PATIENTS All patients who developed a serum sodium concentration of 150 mmol/L or greater during a 3-month observation period. (More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Contrast-induced nephropathy is one of the few preventable forms of acute kidney injury. Several pharmacologic agents have been evaluated for the prevention of contrast-induced nephropathy, yet disappointingly, few have been shown conclusively to reduce the risk for this condition. A series of studies have demonstrated that volume(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW It has been argued that the existing epidemiologic data are insufficient to establish a causal link between acute kidney injury (AKI) and subsequent development or progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD), especially given that risk factors for the development of AKI overlap with those for progressive CKD. RECENT FINDINGS Multiple(More)