Resistive index and MELD-Na: Nephrologic monitoring in cirrhotic patients awaiting liver transplantation

I. Umbro, F. Tinti, F. Fiacco, A. Zavatto, P. Piselli, V. Di Natale, S. Lai, A. Vitarelli, S. Ginanni Corradini, M. Rossi, L. Poli, P. B. Berloco, A. P. Mitterhofer

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Renal dysfunction in cirrhotic patients is primarily related to disturbances in circulatory function. In decompensated cirrhosis, ascites and water retention are associated with development of dilutional hyponatremia. The arterial resistive index (RI) is a measure of resistance to arterial flow within the renal vascular bed. Hyponatremia is an independent predictor of mortality in patients with ascites. The aim of this study was to evaluate intrarenal RI in end-stage liver disease (ESLD) patients awaiting liver transplantation (LT) and its association with renal and hepatic function as assessed by Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) and MELD-Na scores. We evaluated 40 cirrhotic patients (23 males, 17 females) awaiting LT from January 2009 to January 2012. Twenty-six of the 40 patients (65%) showed a renal RI ≥0.70, the normal value according to standard reported evaluations. Patients with RI ≥0.70 showed significantly higher MELD and MELD-Na scores as well as greater higher serum creatinine and lower serum sodium concentrations compared with subject displaying RI

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2676-2679
Number of pages4
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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