The incidence and risk of acute renal failure after cardiac surgery.

Tiziana Bove, Maria Grazia Calabrò, Giovanni Landoni, Giacomo Aletti, Giovanni Marino, Giuseppe Crescenzi, Concetta Rosica, Alberto Zangrillo

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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate outcome and risk factors of acute renal failure in a surgical population with or without preoperative renal dysfunction. DESIGN: Observational study. SETTING: Intensive care unit at a University Hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Five thousand sixty-eight consecutive adult patients who underwent cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass. INTERVENTIONS: Perioperative variables measured were age, sex, basic pathology, preoperative renal impairment defined as creatinine >1.4 mg/dL, ventricular dysfunction, preoperative neurologic event, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, type of surgery, use of intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP), cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) duration, redo or emergency surgery, hemorrhage, blood transfusion, surgical revisions, and postoperative complications. MEASUREMENTS and MAIN RESULTS: Acute renal failure (100% creatinine increase) developed in 171 (3.4%) patients, whereas 94 patients (1.9% of the population) had renal replacement therapy. Hospital mortality was 40.9% in patients with acute renal failure and increased to 63.8% when renal replacement therapy was requested. Sex, age, emergency surgery, low ejection fraction, IABP device, redo, diabetes, mitral valve surgery, CPB duration, and preoperative renal disease were independently associated with acute renal failure at a multivariate analysis. CONCLUSION: This study confirms that acute renal failure is one of the major complications of cardiac surgery, identifies the risk factors, and suggests that optimizing cardiac output and reducing CPB time could improve the outcome of patients at high risk of acute renal failure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)442-445
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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