Outcomes after post-traumatic AKI Requiring RRT in united states military service members

Jonathan A. Bolanos, Christina M. Yuan*, Dustin J. Little, David K. Oliver, Steven R. Howard, Kevin C. Abbott, Stephen W. Olson

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Background and objectives Mortality and CKD risk have not been described in military casualties with post-traumatic AKI requiring RRT suffered in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Design, setting, participants, & measurements This is a retrospective case series of post-traumatic AKI requiring RRT in 51military health care beneficiaries (October 7, 2001–December 1, 2013), evacuated to theNational Capital Region, documenting in-hospital mortality and subsequent CKD. Participants were identified using electronic medical and procedure records. Results Age at injury was 26±6 years; of the participants, 50 were men, 16%were black, 67% were white, and 88% of injuries were caused by blast or projectiles. Presumed AKI cause was acute tubular necrosis in 98%, with rhabdomyolysis in 72%. Sixty-day all-cause mortality was 22% (95% confidence interval [95% CI], 12% to 35%), significantly less than the 50% predicted historical mortality (P<0.001). The VA/NIH Acute Renal Failure Trial Network AKI integer score predicted 60-day mortality risk was 33% (range, 6%–96%) (n=49). Of these, nine died (mortality, 18%; 95% CI, 10% to 32%), with predicted risks significantly miscalibrated (P<0.001). The area under the receiver operator characteristic curve for the AKI integer score was 0.72 (95% CI, 0.56 to 0.88), not significantly different than the AKI integer score model cohort (P=0.27). Of the 40 survivors, one had ESRD caused by cortical necrosis. Of the remaining 39, median time to last follow-up serum creatinine was 1158 days (range, 99–3316 days), serum creatinine was 0.85±0.24 mg/dl, and eGFR was 118±23 ml/min per 1.73m2. No eGFR was<60 ml/min per 1.73m2, but it may be overestimated because of large/medium amputations in 54%. Twenty-five percent (n=36) had proteinuria; one was diagnosed with CKD stage 2. Conclusions Despite severe injuries, participants had better in-hospital survival than predicted historically and by AKI integer score. No patient who recovered renal function had an eGFR<60 ml/min per 1.73 m2 at last follow-up, but 23% had proteinuria, suggesting CKD burden.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1732-1739
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
Issue number10
StatePublished - 7 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes


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