JOURNAL ARTICLE

Importance of stratifying acute kidney injury in cardiogenic shock resuscitated with mechanical circulatory support therapy

Andrew I Abadeer, Paul Kurlansky, Codruta Chiuzan, Lauren Truby, Jai Radhakrishnan, Reshad Garan, Veli Topkara, Melana Yuzefpolskaya, Paolo Colombo, Koji Takeda, Yoshifumi Naka, Hiroo Takayama
Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 2017, 154 (3): 856-864.e4
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OBJECTIVE: Although the outcomes of patients with cardiogenic shock remain poor, short-term mechanical circulatory support has become an increasingly popular modality for hemodynamic assistance and organ preservation. Because the kidney is exquisitely sensitive to poor perfusion, acute kidney injury is a common sequela of cardiogenic shock. This study examines the incidence and clinical impact of acute kidney injury in patients with short-term mechanical circulatory support for cardiogenic shock.

METHODS: Retrospective review was performed of 293 consecutive patients with cardiogenic shock who were treated with short-term mechanical circulatory support. The well-validated 2014 Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes criteria were used to stage acute kidney injury. Outcomes of interest were long-term mortality and renal recovery.

RESULTS: Acute kidney injury developed in 177 of 293 patients (60.4%), of whom 113 (38.6%) were classified with stage 3 (severe). Kaplan-Meier survival estimates indicated a 1-year survival of 49.2% in the nonsevere (stages 0-2) acute kidney injury cohort versus 27.3% in the severe acute kidney injury cohort (P < .001). Multivariable Cox regression demonstrated that severe acute kidney injury was a predictor of long-term mortality (hazard ratio, 1.54; confidence interval, 1.10-2.14; P = .011). Among hospital survivors, renal recovery occurred more frequently (82.4% vs 63.2%, P = .069) and more quickly (5.6 vs 24.5 days, P < .0001) in the nonsevere than in the severe acute kidney injury group.

CONCLUSIONS: Acute kidney injury is common and frequently severe in patients in cardiogenic shock treated with short-term mechanical circulatory support. Milder acute kidney injury resolves with survival comparable to patients without acute kidney injury. Severe acute kidney injury is an independent predictor of long-term mortality. Nonetheless, many surviving patients with acute kidney injury do experience gradual renal recovery.

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