What is the prevalence of infections in acute tubular necrosis (ATN)?

Updated: Mar 15, 2021
  • Author: Sangeeta Mutnuri, MBBS; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Aggressive treatment of infections is prudent. Infections remain the leading cause of morbidity and mortality and can occur in 30-70% of patients with AKI. Infections are more likely in these patients because of impairment of the immune system (eg, from uremia, inappropriate use of antibiotics) and because of increased use of indwelling catheters and intravenous needles.


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