Nephrotoxicity induced by gentamicin and amikacin

C. R. Smith, R. R. Maxwell, C. Q. Edwards, J. F. Rogers, P. S. Lietman

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We evaluated 124 patients for nephrotoxicity associated with gentamicin or amikacin therapy. The incidence of definite nephrotoxicity was 10.5% during therapy, with a mean increase in creatinine of 1.0 mg/100 ml (range, 0.5-3.6 mg/100 ml). Nephrotoxicity developed late in therapy (mean, day 10) and the creatinine continued to increase after cessation of therapy for as long as nine days. Age, initial creatinine, total dose and initial 'peak' and 'valley' levels did not correlate with nephrotoxicity. Nephrotoxicity developed in 8 of 97 patients treated for ≤ 11 days and 5 of 19 treated for > 11 days (chi square, p < .01). 'Peak' and 'valley' levels rose significantly (t-test, p < .05) during therapy and increased more in those with nephrotoxicity. A 'peak' level of amikacin of ≥ 38.5 μg/ml or of gentamicin of ≥ 10 μg/ml or a rise in the 'valley' levels of amikacin above 10 μg/ml was also associated with nephrotoxicity (chi square, p < .025). These data help define the natural history and the host and drug factors that affect the development of gentamicin- and amikacin-induced nephrotoxicity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-90
Number of pages6
JournalJohns Hopkins Medical Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes

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