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Steven D. Weisbord

Contrast-induced acute kidney injury (CI-AKI) is a common condition that is associated with serious, adverse short- and long-term outcomes. Despite substantial advancements in our understanding of CI-AKI, the capacity to effectively risk-stratify patients, diagnose incipient renal injury before elevations in serum creatinine (SCr) manifest, and identify patients at highest risk for adverse downstream events is limited. Blood and urine biomarkers of kidney injury hold promise as a means by which the risk-stratification, diagnosis, and prediction of prognosis of CI-AKI could be significantly enhanced, and the judicious implementation of cost-effective preventive care and treatment to mitigate adverse outcomes substantially improved.


Daniel Cukor and Steven Weisbord

Major depression is a complicating comorbid diagnosis in a variety of chronic medical conditions, but may be a particular diagnostic and treatment challenge to the patient with end stage renal disease (ESRD). New Medicare guidelines mandate that dialysis providers must screen for depression, and soon they will be required to document a treatment plan. This new requirement is forcing kidney care providers to seriously consider the best approaches to accurately diagnose and treat patients on dialysis once they have been identified as having depression. There are a variety of diagnostic tools used to screen for depression, each with their own