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Risk stratification of kidney transplant recipients prior to administration of contrast media should be considered to decrease the risk of contrast-induced acute kidney injury (CIAKI), researchers concluded in a meta-analysis presented at the 2017 American Transplant Congress in Chicago.

Stratification criteria should be based on renal allograft function, clinical indication, and type of imaging procedure.

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The meta-analysis, led by Wisit Cheungpasitporn, MD, of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, included 8 studies of CIAKI in kidney transplant recipients. The estimated incidence of CIAKI and CIAKI requiring dialysis was 9.6% and 0.4%, respectively. The investigators identified contrast use in the early post-transplant period, older donor kidneys, impaired baseline estimated glomerular filtration rate, and lack of prophylactic volume hydration as risk factors.

“While adequate hydration prior to contrast exposure may help to reduce CIAKI risk, there is currently no evidence for withholding renin-angiotensin system and calcineurin inhibitors prior to contrast studies,” Dr Cheungpasitporn told Renal & Urology News. “In addition, the data on the use of sodium bicarbonate and N acetylcysteine to prevent CIAKI in kidney transplant recipients are limited.”

The incidence of CIAKI was 15% among patients with intravenous (IV) hydration prior to contrast exposure compared with 49% among those without prior IV hydration. High-osmolar contrast was associated with a higher incidence of CIAKI. Compared with iso-osmolar contrast, low-osmolar contrast was associated with nearly 8-fold greater odds of CIAKI.

When the investigators limited their analyses only to studies that used low-osmolar or iso-osmolar contrast, the estimated incidence of CIAKI was 8.0%. The estimated incidences of CIAKI in patients with received contrast media with cardiac catheterization, other types of angiogram, and computed tomography scans were 16.1%, 10.1%, and 6.1%, respectively.

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Cheungpasitporn W, Thongprayoon C, Mao MA, et al. Contrast-induced acute kidney injury in kidney transplant recipients: A meta-analysis. [abstract]. Am J Transplant 2017;17 (suppl 3). Poster presented at the 2017 American Transplant Congress in Chicago, April 29-May 3. Abstract B144