Acute kidney injury develops in more than one quarter of children and young adults admitted to intensive care units. And in severe cases, it increases the odds of death by 77%, according to a new international observational study conducted in 32 hospitals.
The analysis, reported Friday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology in Chicago and online by the New England Journal of Medicine, also found that plasma creatinine, by itself, was not an effective method for diagnosing the problem. It failed in 67.2% of patients with low urine output.
Creatinine Poor Predictor of Acute Kidney Injury in Pediatric ICU