Trends in cardiac surgery-associated acute renal failure in the United States: a disproportionate increase after heart transplantation.

Journal Article

Acute renal failure (ARF) is common after cardiac surgery and more frequent after complex cardiac surgery. While the incidence of ARF is increasing after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, trends in other forms of cardiac surgery remain unclear. We investigated the trend of ARF in various cardiac procedures and compared patterns using CABG surgery as a reference group. The study population consisted of discharges from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample from 1988 to 2003, grouped according to surgery as: CABG, CABG with mitral valve, CABG with other valve, valve alone, and heart transplant. Standard diagnostic codes were used to identify ARF among discharges. Multivariable regression was used to determine trends in ARF among various procedures with CABG as a reference group. The incidence of ARF increased in all five groups (p < 0.001) over the 16-year period. The ARF incidence was highest in the heart transplant group (17%). Compared to the CABG population, patients following heart transplantation developed ARF at higher rates during the study period. In contrast, while ARF increased over time in other groups, the rates of rise were slower than in CABG patients. Among heart surgery procedures, ARF incidence is highest in heart transplantation. The incidence of ARF is also increasing at a faster rate in this group of patients in contrast to other procedure groups when compared to CABG surgery. The disproportionate increase in ARF burden after heart transplantation is a concern due to its strong association with chronic kidney disease and mortality.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Martinelli, SM; Patel, UD; Phillips-Bute, BG; Milano, CA; Archer, LE; Stafford-Smith, M; Shaw, AD; Swaminathan, M

Published Date

  • 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 633 - 640

PubMed ID

  • 19814629

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19814629

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1525-6049

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3109/08860220903100689


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England