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Potentially fatal kidney disease (AKI) hidden undiagnosed in hospitalized Covid patients

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Millions of Covid-19 patients may have deadly hidden kidney disease – but it can be treated if detected early enough

  • New study found that one in five virus patients hospitalized will develop acute kidney disease
  • Kidney specialist Dr Marina Wainstein said Covid patients could be at double risk
  • Doctors test for the disease by checking urination and blood creatinine levels
  • If levels are not checked before hospitalization, the disease may be undiagnosed

Millions of Covid patients may have undiagnosed, potentially fatal acute kidney disease, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Queensland say that one in five virus patients hospitalized and two in five in intensive care will develop acute kidney disease (AKI), a condition in which the kidneys fail to remove waste from the blood. to filter.

dr. Marina Wainstein, PhD candidate and kidney specialist at the University of Queensland, says a new study indicates AKI rates in Covid patients could be double.

University of Queensland researchers say one in five virus patients hospitalized and two in five in intensive care will develop acute kidney disease – with Covid patients potentially twice the risk

Doctors test for the disease by checking a patient’s urination and creatinine levels in their blood, but Dr. Wainstein says if a patient’s creatinine levels rise before they are hospitalized, they may not receive an AKI diagnosis.

She says monitoring creatine levels reveals that the percentage of AKI in Covid patients could be double the official figures.

“We can miss the AKI diagnosis and not treat the patient appropriately in those early, critical days of hospitalization,” said Dr. Wainstein in a statement.

“That was quite a shocking finding.”

Doctors test for the disease by checking a patient's urination and creatinine levels in their blood, but if a patient's creatinine levels rise before hospitalization, they may not be diagnosed with AKI

Doctors test for the disease by checking a patient’s urination and creatinine levels in their blood, but if a patient’s creatinine levels rise before hospitalization, they may not be diagnosed with AKI

She said the finding is important because the study also found that Covid patients with acute kidney disease had poorer medical outcomes in hospital and a higher chance of dying than other virus patients.

dr. Wainstein said proper AKI diagnosis was vital because there are relatively simple treatments for the potentially fatal disease, such as increasing a patient’s hydration level and stopping medications that can be toxic to the kidneys.

UQ’s Dr. Sally Shrapnel, who oversaw the study, said analyzing the data was difficult because it was collected by hospital staff under “extremely harsh conditions” in a range of environments.

However, she said the study included data from countries where people had limited access to health care and were more likely to go to hospital if the disease was advanced.

dr. Shrapnel said she hopes the study will create a more comprehensive AKI definition and improve patient testing for the disease.

“Now that we have the data showing that there is a large gap in the diagnosis of AKI, it is time to test this definition in a clinical trial so that we can identify all AKI patients early and hopefully prevent these terrible outcomes.” , she said.

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