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ACUTE KIDNEY FAILURE MAY BE AVOIDED USING TWO SIMPLE TESTS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Kidney failure is a killer. It may occur chronically because of conditions like high blood pressure, or acutely, often when someone is hospitalized.  Morgan Grams, a kidney specialist at Johns Hopkins, says predicting who may be at risk involves two simple measurements, one of kidney function called estimated glomerular filtration rate and another looking at protein in the urine.

GRAMS: If someone’s kidney function declines they face a greater risk of acute kidney injury, and similarly, if someone’s protein excretion increases, even very little levels of protein excretion, put someone at higher risk for future acute kidney injury.   :14

Grams has published a study looking at these two measurements and says if implemented, they could reduce the toll of acute kidney failure.

GRAMS: Acute kidney injury is kidney injury that happens over a relatively short period of time.  And it is actually a really big problem in the United States. The estimates of incidences vary but it can occur in about 1.6% of all US hospitalizations.   :16

At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey..


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