Protected: Acute kidney injury and single-dose administration of aminoglycoside in the Emergency Department: a comparison through propensity score matching

Abstract

Purpose: According to the Surviving Sepsis Campaign, aminoglycosides (AG) can be administered together with a β-lactam in patients with septic shock. Some authors propose administering a single dose of an AG combined with a β-lactam antibiotic in septic patients to extend the spectrum of antibiotic therapy. The aim of this study has been to investigate whether a single shot of AG when septic patients present at the Emergency Department (ED) is associated with acute kidney injury (AKI).

Methods: We retrospectively enrolled patients based on a 3-year internal registry of septic patients visited in the Emergency Department (ED) of Pordenone Hospital. We compared the patients treated with a single dose of gentamicin (in addition to the β-lactam) and those who had not been treated to verify AKI incidence.

Results: 355 patients were enrolled. The median age was 71 years (IQR 60-78). Less than 1% of the patients had a chronic renal disease. The most frequent infection source was the urinary tract (31%), followed by intra-abdominal and lower respiratory tract infections (15% for both). 131 patients received gentamicin. Unmatched data showed a significant difference between the two groups in AKI (79/131, 60.3% versus 102/224, 45.5%; p=0.010) and in infectious disease specialist’s consultation (77/131, 59% versus 93/224, 41.5%; p=0.002). However, after propensity score matching, no significant difference was found.

Conclusion: Our experience shows that a single-shot administration of gentamicin upon admission to the ED does not determine an increased incidence of AKI in septic patients.

Keywords: aminoglycosides, acute kidney injury, gentamicin, safety, sepsis

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Protected: Tossicità renale da farmaci antineoplastici

Abstract

L’onconefrologia è una recente disciplina sorta in campo nefrologico e oncologico, volta ad esplorare le numerose connessioni tra patologie neoplastiche e renali. Tra i numerosi campi di applicazione dell’onconefrologia, un ruolo significativo è ricoperto dalla gestione degli eventi avversi in corso di terapia antineoplastica attraverso una analisi individualizzata dei fattori di rischio del paziente, delle caratteristiche dei farmaci oncologici prescritti e l’instaurazione di un preciso follow-up che spesso prosegue anche al termine del trattamento oncologico. Lo scopo di questa revisione è, oltre che descrivere i fattori di rischio per la nefrotossicità da farmaci antitumorali, analizzare le principali criticità onco-nefrologiche legate alle specifiche classi di farmaci. I chemioterapici classici presentano un profilo variabile di tossicità renale, per la maggior parte dei casi ben definito, che consente di mettere in campo delle collaudate strategie terapeutiche per la gestione degli eventi avversi renali. Le terapie a bersaglio molecolare e i farmaci immunoterapici nonostante abbiano dimostrato di migliorare significativamente la prognosi a breve e lungo termine in numerose neoplasie presentano un ampio profilo di tossicità renale ancora in fase di definizione. La costante analisi dei report relativi alle specifiche molecole, associata ad un a condotta proattiva per la definizione istologica delle lesioni renali in questo contesto clinico, è la chiave per completare rapidamente la definizione del profilo di sicurezza ampliando contestualmente la platea dei pazienti che potranno beneficiare  dei nuovi farmaci antineoplastici.

Parole chiave: Danno renale acuto, AKI, cisplatino, gemcitabina, anti-VEGF, immunoterapia, bevacizumab

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Protected: Droghe d’abuso e rene

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Here we present a case of acute renal failure needing dialysis in a heroin addict patient chronically treated with Metadone.  This give us the opportunity to review the renal effects of the main drugs of abuse, highlighting the shift occured from the four “old sisters” (Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin and Amphetamine) to the news synthetic drugs (chiefly  Synthetic  Cathinones and Cannabinoids), that poses problems due to  large diffusion, easy  procurement, legal  non-regulation and difficult analytical identification,  raising medical and forensic questions. From a Nephrological point of view is essential to take great care over the need to diagnose this kind of pathology and to widen the search trying anyway to recognize the substances potentially involved.

Key Words: Acute Kidney Injury; Acute renal failure; Illicit drugs; Rhabdomyolysis.

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Leptospirosis and kidneys: a clinical case

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We describe here the case of a young patient, employed in agriculture, who entered the emergency room with fever, headache, hematuria and a worsening of renal function; we diagnosed leptospirosis with renal involvement. As the patient lamented very generic symptoms, the anamnesis was fundamental in leading us to suspect an infection, execute the right laboratory analysis, and correctly diagnose a pathology which is currently very rare in Italy.

Keywords: case report, leptospirosis, AKI

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Introduzione

La leptospirosi umana è considerata una delle più diffuse e potenzialmente fatali zoonosi, è determinata da un batterio Gram negativo appartenente alla famiglia delle Spirochetales ordine Leptospiracee e si associa ad elevata morbilità e mortalità, in particolare nei pazienti di età superiore ai 60 anni [1]. 

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Choice and management of anticoagulation during CRRT

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Continuous renal replacement therapies (CRRT) are widely used in the treatment of acute kidney injury. Several causes, related to the treatment itself or to the patient’s condition, determine the coagulation of the extracorporeal circuit. These interruptions (or down-time) have a negative impact on the effectiveness of the treatment in terms of solute clearance and fluid balance. Historically, the choice of anticoagulant has fallen on unfractionated heparin because it is cheap and easy to use. Today, the use of citrate is recommended in most instances because of its high efficacy and safety. Several studies demonstrate the superiority of citrate in terms of filter survival. The reduction of down-time results in a reduction of the delta between the prescribed dialysis dose and the dose that is actually administered (ml/Kg/hour of collected effluent). The literature also agrees that there is a reduction in the incidence of major bleeding events when citrate is used instead of heparin, although there is no impact on mortality rates.

Some technical and clinical complexities, secondary to citrate action both as anticoagulant and buffer, still exist in the use of regional citrate anticoagulation. However, complications due to citrate use, such as acid-base balance disorders and hypocalcaemia, are rare and easily reversible.

There is not much data about the costs and benefits of using citrate instead of heparin; according to the experience within our own Unit, we have observed a reduction in costs when the data is normalized for 35 ml of effluent administered. Appropriate protocols, accurate surveillance and the automated management of regional citrate anticoagulation thanks to dedicated software make this technique safe and effective.

Keywords: anticoagulation, citrate, acute kidney injury, CRRT

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Introduzione

Le terapie sostitutive della funzione renale con metodiche extracorporee continue (CRRT) sono diffusamente utilizzate nel trattamento del danno renale acuto in area critica. Durante CRRT coesistono diverse potenziali cause di attivazione della cascata coagulativa e delle piastrine che possono contribuire alla coagulazione del circuito. Alcuni fattori sono relativi allo stesso trattamento extracorporeo e alle modalità con cui viene condotto (contatto del sangue con le superfici sintetiche per quanto biocompatibili, contatto aria-sangue, flusso turbolento o stasi, emoconcentrazione). Altri fattori dipendono invece in maniera più specifica dalle condizioni del paziente, con particolare riferimento alle alterazioni dell’omeostasi coagulativa secondarie allo stato flogistico sistemico di cui il danno renale può essere conseguenza o concausa [1]. 

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Differential diagnosis of acute kidney injury in critically ill patients: the nephrologist’s role in identifying the different causes of parenchymal damage

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The management of acute kidney injury in the critical area is complex and necessarily multidisciplinary, but the nephrologist should maintain a pivotal role, both in terms of diagnosis and of indication, prescription and management of extracorporeal replacement therapy.

The most frequent causes of AKI in the critically ill patients are correlated to sepsis and major surgery, but the incidence of different causes, of strict nephrological relevance, is probably higher than the estimate.

Nephrologists have the competence to evaluate data relating to renal functions, urinary electrolytes, urinary sediment, and to identify which specific examinations can be useful to define the cause of AKI. A nephrological consultation will therefore improve the clinical management of AKI by guiding and integrating the diagnostic path with traditional or more advanced assessments, useful for the identification of the different causes of acute kidney damage and consequently of the most appropriate therapy.

The etiological diagnosis of AKI will also be crucial in defining the renal prognosis and therefore an appropriate nephrological follow up.

Keywords: Acute kidney injury, differential diagnosis, critical care nephrology

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Introduzione

Il danno renale acuto nei pazienti critici ricoverati in terapia intensiva è frequentemente gestito, in Italia come in altri Paesi, dai Rianimatori. Questo ha una forte ricaduta sia sulle competenze nefrologiche, che sulla gestione clinica del paziente.

La letteratura disponibile riguarda, con poche eccezioni, due ambiti prevalenti: il riconoscimento del danno renale acuto, inteso come quantificazione della riduzione della capacità escretoria renale, e la gestione della terapia extracorporea eventualmente necessaria. 

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