Major surgeries in the abdominal region often result in kidney injury in patients. Meanwhile, the clinical manifestations don't present until one or two days after the procedure. This causes physicians to lose valuable time to treat patients. The University Hospital Regensburg has researched a new concept for the treatment of kidney injuries for several years.
In this interview with MEDICA-tradefair.com, Dr. Tobias Bergler talks about the consequences of acute kidney injuries and explains how they were detected early and quickly in a study with the help of a biomarker – before patients exhibited pain.
Dr. Bergler, how common are acute kidney injuries after major surgeries? Which patients are particularly at risk?
Dr. Tobias Bergler: The probability of an acute kidney injury in major visceral surgery is between 13 and 50 percent. Fortunately, the percentage of patients who need postoperative dialysis is significantly lower. The incidence rate ranges between two and seven percent in this case. Needless to say, this also depends on the patient’s comorbidities. All patients who already demonstrate risk factors for acute renal failure are particularly at risk. Those are patients who at the time of surgery exhibit arterial hypertension, diabetes mellitus or a preoperative compromised renal function but also patients who exhibit protein loss related to the kidneys, that being albuminuria or proteinuria.
Read the complete interview with Dr. Tobias Bergler at MEDICA-tradefair.com!