Acute Kidney Injury

Use Tunneled Catheters First in ARF

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Primary placement of tunneled dialysis catheters (TDCs) in patients with acute renal failure (ARF) requiring hemodialysis may be better than using nontunneled dialysis catheters (NTDCs), according to researchers.

ARF Linked to Cosmetic Lifts

Acute renal failure developed in three women who received cosmetic soft-tissue filler injections in the buttocks at a North Carolina facility, according to a recent article in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (2008;57:453-456).

Dialysis Techniques for ARF May Yield Similar Outcomes

Intermittent hemodialysis and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) appear to lead to similar clinical outcomes for patients with acute renal failure (ARF), according to researchers who reviewed 30 randomized controlled trials and eight prospective cohort studies.

Bowel Preps Can Cause Renal Damage

SAN FRANCISCO—The use of phosphate-containing solutions to prepare the bowel for colonoscopy or surgery may cause significant damage to the kidneys, according to a researcher who spoke at a special clinical update here during Renal Week 2007.

Taking Aim at Acute Kidney Injury

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a complex disorder for which there is no uniform definition. AKI has been reported in up to 7% of hospitalized patients, but epidemiologic studies are sparse and confounded by differences in case definitions and heterogeneity in patient populations.

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