December 2019: News Briefs

SymphonyRM’s AI-Powered Patient Management Program In a recent press release, SymphonyRM announced that Intermountain Healthcare is expanding its use of SymphonyRM’s HealthOS platform to provide prioritized, personalized, and proactive patient engagement for their Kidney Services organization. SymphonyRM, based in Palo Alto, California, is a privately held health-tech company helping healthcare organizations through its artificial intelligence(AI)-powered data science-driven Next Best Action ... Read More »

Volume Overload Kidney Transplant Recipients Require More Treatments than Those with Hyperkalemia

Austin, Texas—In up to 60% of kidney transplantations with deceased donors and 8% with living donors, delayed graft function or dialysis occurs within 7 days following the procedure. Jacentha Buggs, MD, and colleagues conducted a retrospective cohort study to test the hypothesis that that is a difference in resource utilization based on the indication for dialysis in delayed graft function. ... Read More »

Uric Acid and Renal Pathological Features

New Orleans—Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) commonly develop hyperuricemia, which increases the risk of cardiovascular events and accelerates CKD progression. Chinese researchers conducted a study to identify the relationship between baseline uric acid levels and renal pathological features. The study included 1070 patients who underwent renal biopsy at a single center. Of the 1070 patients, 429 were IgA nephropathy ... Read More »

ADPKD Patients with Advanced CKD at Increased Risk of Adverse Outcomes

New Orleans—Patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) develop progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD) and a subsequent increased risk for adverse events that include cardiovascular disease, infections, end-stage renal disease (ESRD), and mortality. There are few data available on the risks of adverse events in patients with ADPKD and advanced CKD. Manish M. Sood, MD, and colleagues conducted a ... Read More »

Fluid Overload and AKI and Mortality in Influenza Patients

New Orleans—In a subset of critically ill patients with influenza, particularly A(H1N1), the influenza virus has been consistently associated with high mortality in patients who develop Acute Distress Respiratory Syndrome (ADRS).  There are few available data on the risk factors for this association. There have been studies documenting the association of fluid overload and an increase in the incidence of ... Read More »

Identifying Rapid Progression in Patients with ADPKD

New Orleans—The most frequently inherited kidney disease is autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). The progressive cyst growth associated with ADPKD, combined with interstitial damage, causes progressive kidney failure; there is wide variation of the severity of ADPKD among this patient population. The European Medicines Agency has approved tolvaptan for adults with CKD stage 1 to 3 at baseline who ... Read More »

Biomarkers for Early Diagnosis of AKI in Critically Ill Patients

New Orleans—Hospitalized patients may experience acute kidney injury (AKI), a condition that is more common among patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). Serum creatinine measurement can be used to assess AKI; however, according to Luana A. Pedroso, MD, and colleagues, serum creatinine is a poor and delayed marker of AKI. In recent decades, new circulating and urinary biomarkers have ... Read More »

Low to Moderate Alcohol Consumption Associated with Lower Risk of CKD

  The association of low to moderate consumption of alcohol with the risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) has not been well studied. Previous longitudinal cohort studies examining the effect of alcohol consumption on the development of CKD have found mainly inverse associations; however, Some inconsistency exists. To further study this association, Sarah H. Koning, and colleagues recently analyzed data ... Read More »

Urgent-Start PD Preferred Modality for Appropriate Candidates

Urgent-Start PD Preferred Modality for Appropriate Candidates Dallas—Results from a recent single-center prospective cohort study suggest that urgent-start peritoneal dialysis (PD) should be the preferred modality of dialysis offered to appropriate PD candidates who present unplanned requiring urgent dialysis. The study was conducted by Neda Hashemi, MD, and colleagues and reported during a poster session at the NKF Spring Clinical ... Read More »