AKI Increases Long-Term Dementia Risk

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Patients who’ve recovered from acute kidney injury (AKI) have a 3-fold higher risk of developing dementia than hospitalized patients who avoid AKI, according to a study presented at Kidney Week 2018.

Patients who experience AKI may face long-term health complications even if they completely recover. Previous studies have shown that experiencing AKI increases the risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD) and cardiovascular disease. But the long-term consequences of AKI for brain health weren’t clear.

“We used to think that almost all cases of AKI would have complete recovery, but now realize that many people have later development of CKD,”