June 25, 2012
3-Fold Increase In Acute Dialysis After Cardiac, Vascular Surgeries
There has been a three-fold increase in the number of patients receiving acute dialysis because of injury after cardiac and vascular surgeries since 1995, states a new study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
Acute kidney injury is a serious complication after surgery and can lead to death or result in compromised quality of life for people who do survive.
"This study shows an important increase in the complication of severe acute kidney injury treated with dialysis after cardiac and vascular surgeries," writes Dr. Amit Garg, Western University, Lawson Health Research Institute, London, Ontario and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), Toronto, with coauthors. "Outcomes for patients treated with acute dialysis after surgery remain poor."
"Our results should prompt renewed efforts to develop and test interventions to prevent severe acute kidney injury and to attenuate the high burden of death and end-stage renal disease after such injury has occurred," concludes Dr. Nausheen Siddiqui, University of Toronto, with coauthors.
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