Acute kidney injury after CABG versus PCI: An observational study using 2 cohorts

  • T.I. C
  • T.K. L
  • D.B. B
  • et al.
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BACKGROUND Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a known complication after coronary revascularization, but few studies have directly compared the incidence of AKI after coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) or after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in similar patients. OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to investigate whether multivessel CABG compared with PCI as an initial revascularization strategy is associated with a higher risk for AKI. METHODS A retrospective analysis of patients undergoing first documented coronary revascularization was conducted using 2 complementary cohorts: 1) Kaiser Permanente Northern California, a diverse, integrated health care delivery system; and 2) Medicare beneficiaries, a large, nationally representative older cohort. AKI was defined in the Kaiser Permanente Northern California cohort by an increase in serum creatinine of >0.3 mg/dl or >150% above baseline and in the Medicare cohort by discharge diagnosis codes and the use of dialysis. RESULTS The incidence of AKI was 20.4% in the Kaiser Permanente Northern California cohort and 6.2% in the Medicare cohort. The incidence of AKI requiring dialysis was <1%. CABG was associated with a 2-to 3-fold significantly higher adjusted odds for developing AKI compared with PCI in both cohorts. CONCLUSIONS AKI is common after multivessel coronary revascularization and is more likely after CABG than after PCI. The risk for AKI should be considered when choosing a coronary revascularization strategy, and ways to prevent AKI after coronary revascularization are needed. (J Am Coll Cardiol 2014;64:985-94)




T.I., C., T.K., L., D.B., B., M.A., H., & A.S., G. (2014). Acute kidney injury after CABG versus PCI: An observational study using 2 cohorts. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Elsevier USA. Retrieved from

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