Published: 2 October 2017
Author(s): Sebastjan Bevc, Robert Ekart, Radovan Hojs
Issue: October 2017

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is common in critically ill patients and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. The availability of several biomarkers of kidney injury offers new tools for its early recognition and management. The early identification of high-risk patients provides an opportunity to develop strategies for the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of AKI. Despite progress in critical care medicine over the past decade, the treatment strategies for AKI in critically ill patients, such as when to start renal replacement therapy, remain controversial.

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