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01.12.2018 | Research | Ausgabe 1/2018 Open Access

Critical Care 1/2018

Urinary biomarkers predict advanced acute kidney injury after cardiovascular surgery

Critical Care > Ausgabe 1/2018
Jian-Jhong Wang, Nai-Hsin Chi, Tao-Min Huang, Rory Connolly, Liang Wen Chen, Shih-Chieh Jeff Chueh, Wei-Chih Kan, Chih-Cheng Lai, Vin-Cent Wu, Ji-Tseng Fang, Tzong-Shinn Chu, Kwan-Dun Wu
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Acute kidney injury (AKI) after cardiovascular surgery is a serious complication. Little is known about the ability of novel biomarkers in combination with clinical risk scores for prediction of advanced AKI.


In this prospectively conducted multicenter study, urine samples were collected from 149 adults at 0, 3, 6, 12 and 24 h after cardiovascular surgery. We measured urinary hemojuvelin (uHJV), kidney injury molecule-1 (uKIM-1), neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (uNGAL), α-glutathione S-transferase (uα-GST) and π-glutathione S-transferase (uπ-GST). The primary outcome was advanced AKI, under the definition of Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) stage 2, 3 and composite outcomes were KDIGO stage 2, 3 or 90-day mortality after hospital discharge.


Patients with advanced AKI had significantly higher levels of uHJV and uKIM-1 at 3, 6 and 12 h after surgery. When normalized by urinary creatinine level, uKIM-1 in combination with uHJV at 3 h post-surgery had a high predictive ability for advanced AKI and composite outcome (AUC = 0.898 and 0.905, respectively). The combination of this biomarker panel (normalized uKIM-1, uHJV at 3 h post-operation) and Liano’s score was superior in predicting advanced AKI (AUC = 0.931, category-free net reclassification improvement of 1.149, and p <  0.001).


When added to Liano’s score, normalized uHJV and uKIM-1 levels at 3 h after cardiovascular surgery enhanced the identification of patients at higher risk of progression to advanced AKI and composite outcomes.
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