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Even Patients Whose Kidney Function Returns to Normal after AKI Have High Risk of Renal Progression

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For patients who have had acute kidney injury (AKI), the long-term risk of renal progression remains high even if their kidney function ultimately returns to normal, suggests a new study in Kidney International.

Using data from one UK health region, the researchers identified 14,651 patients who survived to hospital discharge in 2003. Of these 1966 patients had stage 1 to 3 AKI, based on KDIGO criteria. Follow-up data to 2013 were used to assess rates of subsequent renal decline, defined as a sustained 30% decline in eGFR or de novo stage 4 chronic kidney disease. These outcomes were