Neutrophil Gelatinase-Associated Lipocalin as a Diagnostic Marker for Acute Kidney Injury in Oliguric Critically III Patients: A Post-Hoc Analysis

Mohamud Egal, Hilde de Geus, Johan Groeneveld

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Background: Oliguria occurs frequently in critically ill patients, challenging clinicians to distinguish functional adaptation from serum-creatinine-defined acute kidney injury (AKI(sCr)). We investigated neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL)'s ability to differentiate between these 2 conditions. Methods: This is a post-hoc analysis of a prospective cohort of adult critically ill patients. Patients without oliguria within the first 6 h of admission were excluded. Plasma and urinary NGAL were measured at 4 h after admission. AKI(sCr) was defined using the AKI network criteria with pre-admission serum creatinine or lowest serum creatinine value during the admission as the baseline value. Hazard ratios for AKI(sCr) occurrence within 72 h were calculated using Cox regression and adjusted for risk factors such as sepsis, pre-admission serum creatinine, and urinary output. Positive predictive values (PPV) and negative predictive values (NPV) were calculated for the optimal cutoffs for NGAL. Results: Oliguria occurred in 176 patients, and 61 (35%) patients developed AKI(sCr). NGAL was a predictor for AKI(sCr) in univariate and multivariate analysis. When NGAL was added to a multivariate model including sepsis, pre-admission serum creatinine and lowest hourly urine output, it outperformed the latter model (plasma p = 0.001; urinary p = 0.048). Cutoff values for AKI(sCr) were 280 ng/ml for plasma (PPV 80%; NPV 79%), and 250 ng/ml for urinary NGAL (PPV 58%; NPV 78%). Conclusions: NGAL can be used to distinguish oliguria due to the functional adaptation from AKI(sCr), directing resources to patients more likely to develop AKI(sCr). (C) 2016 S. Karger AG, Basel
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Pages (from-to)81-88
Number of pages8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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