Acute renal failure: factors influencing nephrology referral and outcome

I H Khan, G R Catto, N Edward, A M Macleod

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Abstract

We investigated the incidence, factors affecting referral and outcome of acute renal failure (ARF), in an unselected (predominantly Caucasian) population in the Grampian region of Scotland served by a single renal unit. Case-notes were examined for all patients with a serum creatinine > or = 300 mumol/l. ARF (311 patients) was defined as a temporary rise in serum creatinine > or = 300 mumol/l, or, if the patient died during the acute illness, clinical features indicating acute deterioration of previously normal renal function. Advanced ARF at presentation (51 of the 311 with ARF) was defined as a first recorded serum creatinine > or = 500 mumol/l. Patients were classified into low-, medium-, and high-risk groups according to presence of comorbidity and age. The annual incidence of ARF was 620/million population (pmp), that of advanced ARF 102 pmp. The age-related incidence of ARF ranged from 30 pmp in the age group (0-19 years) to 4266 pmp in the age group > 80 years. Overall, 22% were referred to a nephrologist (34% after excluding those with advanced cancer and age > 80 years). Referral of patients decreased from 100% in the age group 0-19 to 5% in those > 80 years. Referrals in the low-, medium- and high-risk groups were 75%, 30% and 14%, respectively. Patient survival at 2 years was 80%, 42% and 19% for low-, medium-, and high-risk groups, respectively (86%, 44% and 32% for referred patients). Referral and outcome in patients with ARF were significantly influenced by age and presence of comorbidity at presentation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)781-5
Number of pages5
JournalQJM
Volume90
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1997

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Comorbidity
  • Creatinine
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Kidney Failure, Acute
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Renal Dialysis
  • Risk Factors
  • Treatment Outcome

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    Khan, I. H., Catto, G. R., Edward, N., & Macleod, A. M. (1997). Acute renal failure: factors influencing nephrology referral and outcome. QJM, 90(12), 781-5.