Association of postoperative proteinuria with AKI after cardiac surgery among patients at high risk

Amber O. Molnar, Chirag R. Parikh, Kyaw Sint, Steven G. Coca, Jay Koyner, Uptal D. Patel, Isabel Butrymowicz, Michael Shlipak, Amit X. Garg

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Background and objectives Preoperative proteinuria is associated with a higher incidence of postoperative AKI. Whether the same is true for postoperative proteinuria is uncertain. This study tested the hypothesis that increased proteinuria after cardiac surgery is associated with an increased risk for AKI. Design, setting, participants, & measurements This prospective cohort study included 1198 adults undergoing cardiac surgery at six hospitals between July 2007 andDecember 2009.Albuminuria, urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio (ACR), and dipstick proteinuria were measured 0-6 hours after surgery. The primary outcome was AKI, defined as a doubling in serum creatinine or receipt of acute dialysis during the hospital stay. Analyses were adjusted for patient characteristics, including preoperative albuminuria. Results Compared with the lowest quintile, the highest quintile of albuminuria and highest grouping of dipstick proteinuriawere associatedwith greatest risk for AKI (adjusted relative risks [RRs], 2.97 [95%confidence interval (CI), 1.20-6.91] and 2.46 [95% CI, 1.16-4.97], respectively). Higher ACRwas not associatedwith AKI risk (highest quintile RR, 1.66 [95% CI, 0.68-3.90]). Of the three proteinuria measures, early postoperative albuminuria improved the prediction of AKI to the greatest degree (clinical model area under the curve, 0.75; 0.81 with albuminuria). Similar improvements with albuminuria were seen for net reclassification index (0.55; P<0.001) and integrated discrimination index (0.036; P<0.001). Conclusions Higher levels of proteinuria after cardiac surgery identify patients at increased risk for AKI during their hospital stay.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1749-1760
Number of pages12
JournalClinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 7 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Transplantation


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