Thursday, August 13, 2009

Acute kidney injury in patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery

---impacts long term survival even when renal recovery occurs:

Conclusions— The risk of death associated with AKI after cardiothoracic surgery remains high for 10 years regardless of other risk factors, even for those patients with complete renal recovery. Improved renal protection and closer postdischarge follow-up of renal function may be warranted.

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