“As pediatric ICU populations are growing and more are surviving due to advances in ICU care, it is important to identify AKI as a possible risk factor for the future development of CKD,” said Dr. Mammen.. “Acute kidney injury is a common event in the ICU setting. Currently, many of these kids who suffer from AKI are not followed by a nephrologist, or kidney specialist, and in general are not monitored for their kidney health long term.”
Dr. Mammen said that the study has opened new avenues for further AKI research including determining the optimal methods of measuring kidney injury in high risk populations such as neonates and infants undergoing cardiac surgery.
“The study’s findings indicate the importance of children receiving follow-up care with a nephrologist, or a physician who will be able to monitor kidney function after AKI,” says Dr. Kerry Willis, National Kidney Foundation Senior Vice President of Scientific and Medical Activities. “It could be as simple as an annual urinalysis and blood pressure check… If you catch CKD early in a child, you may be able to treat it or slow its progression.”
The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation. For more information, visit www.kidney.org.