Sepsis-Associated Acute Kidney Injury

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Crit Care Clin. 2021 Apr;37(2):279-301. doi: 10.1016/j.ccc.2020.11.010. Epub 2021 Feb 13.


Sepsis-associated acute kidney injury (S-AKI) is a common and life-threatening complication in hospitalized and critically ill patients. It is characterized by rapid deterioration of renal function associated with sepsis. The pathophysiology of S-AKI remains incompletely understood, so most therapies remain reactive and nonspecific. Possible pathogenic mechanisms to explain S-AKI include microcirculatory dysfunction, a dysregulated inflammatory response, and cellular metabolic reprogramming. In addition, several biomarkers have been developed in an attempt to improve diagnostic sensitivity and specificity of S-AKI. This article discusses the current understanding of S-AKI, recent advances in pathophysiology and biomarker development, and current preventive and therapeutic approaches.

PMID:33752856 | DOI:10.1016/j.ccc.2020.11.010

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