COVID-19 Likely Launches Multipronged Attack on Kidneys

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Three-quarters of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 pneumonia developed blood or protein in their urine or acute kidney injury, according to a study at a Chinese hospital. Nearly 1 in 10 of these patients died compared to about 1 in 100 patients without kidney injury (1). Other studies have reported 25% to 27.8% rates of acute kidney injury in patients with severe COVID-19 (2).

These alarming data have created a sense of urgency to efforts to understand the mechanisms that contribute to kidney injury in patients with COVID-19 and to find ways to protect the kidneys and

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