Acute kidney injury (AKI) in low birth-weight babies

This study – led by Nishant Srinivasan, from the University of Illinois – looked at how AKI affected the health of very-low-birthweight (VLBW)babies. The researchers studied 447 VLBW babies admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit between July 2009 and April 2015. They found that the incidence of AKI was 19.5%. Patent ductus arteriosus (a congenital heart defect) and the use of the antibiotic vancomycin were both significantly associated with AKI. The babies with AKI were more likely to die, have lung problems, have higher levels of a substance called creatinine (used to measure kidney function) for longer and their median length of stay in hospital was longer by 38 days.

You can read the abstract of this article here.


About John Gale

I work as a medical librarian in the Joint Education and Training (JET) library at Leighton Hospital, Crewe. I keep clinicians up to date with the latest research, help them to find the best information about treatment and train them to find - and assess - high-quality information for themselves. I also help doctors and nurses find and write high-quality information for patients.
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