What is the long-term prognosis of acute kidney injury (AKI)?

Updated: Dec 24, 2020
  • Author: Biruh T Workeneh, MD, PhD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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In contrast to previous belief, it is now known that survivors of AKI do not universally have a benign course. On long-term follow-up (1-10 years), approximately 12.5% of survivors of AKI are dialysis dependent; rates range widely, from 1-64%, depending on the patient population. From 19-31% of survivors experience partial recovery of kidney function and have chronic kidney disease. [15]

In a long-term follow-up study of 350 patients from the randomized RENAL trial who survived AKI in the intensive care unit, researchers found that the overall mortality rate was 62% at a median of 42.4 months after randomization. Median survival did not significantly differ between patients who received high- or low-intensity renal replacement therapy. At follow-up, 42.1% of the surviving patients had microalbuminuria or macroalbuminuria. Only 5.4% of the patients surviving at day 90 required maintenance dialysis. Predictors of long-term mortality included age, APACHE III score, and serum creatinine levels at baseline. [38]

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