What is the prognosis of azotemia?

Updated: Sep 19, 2018
  • Author: Moro O Salifu, MD, MPH, FACP; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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The prognosis of ARF/AKI generally is poor and depends on the severity of the underlying disease and the number of failed organs. Whereas mortality in patients with simple ARF/AKI without other underlying disease is 7-23%, that in ICU patients on mechanical ventilation is as high as 80%.

The prognosis of CKD depends on the etiology. Patients with diabetic kidney disease, hypertensive nephrosclerosis, and ischemic nephropathy (ie, large-vessel arterial occlusive disease) tend to have progressive azotemia resulting in ESRD. Different types of glomerulonephritis have major differences in prognosis: some are quite benign and rarely progress to ESRD, whereas others progress to ESRD within months. About 50% of patients with polycystic kidney disease progress to ESRD by the fifth or sixth decade of life.

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