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Novel renal markers for the assessment of renal integrity in patients undergoing knee arthroplasty – a pilot study.

A new interesting article has been published in J Exp Orthop. 2018 Sep 25;5(1):40. doi: 10.1186/s40634-018-0159-z. and titled:

Novel renal markers for the assessment of renal integrity in patients undergoing knee arthroplasty – a pilot study.

Authors of this article are:
Piirainen A Huopio J Kokki H Holopainen A Pajunen T Pulkki K Kokki M.

A summary of the article is shown below:
BACKGROUND: The feasibility of novel kidney injury biomarkers in consecutive patients having total knee arthroplasty with local infiltration analgesia was evaluated.METHODS: We enrolled 30 patients scheduled for elective unilateral total knee arthroplasty. Paired plasma and urine samples were taken before surgery and at 4 h, 24 h and 48 h after surgery to measure creatinine, cystatin C, neutrophil gelatinase associated lipocalin, kidney injury molecule-1, interleukin-18 and liver-type fatty acid-binding protein.RESULTS: At baseline, 13 subjects had normal kidney function, 15 had mild and two had moderate kidney failure evaluated by calculated glomerular filtration rate. None of the subjects had all measured novel renal markers below proposed cut-off concentrations. Altogether 28/30 subjects had one (n = 3), two (n = 7) or three (n = 18) plasma neutrophil gelatinase associated lipocalin values above normal. In seven of these 28 subjects plasma creatinine, calculated glomerular filtration rate and plasma cystatin C were within the reference values. Five subjects had a low urine output, < 0.5 mL/h, indicating transient acute kidney injury, four of these had high plasma neutrophil gelatinase associated lipocalin and one high plasma cystatin C.CONCLUSIONS: In the present study plasma neutrophil gelatinase associated lipocalin was elevated in most subjects with total knee arthroplasty and local infiltration analgesia as a marker of possible renal proximal tubular injury. Five subjects had transient low urine output, but none developed renal deterioration requiring treatment.
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This article is a good source of information and a good way to become familiar with topics such as: Acute kidney injury;Anti-inflammatory agents, non-steroidal;Arthroplasty, replacement, knee;Creatinine;Cystatin C;Glomerular filtration rate;Kidney injury molecule-1 protein;Neutrophil gelatinase associated lipocalin.

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