Background: Mechanisms contributing to acute kidney injury (AKI) after acute type B aortic dissection (ABAD) include renal malperfusion or underlying renal dysfunction. We characterized AKI after ABAD and evaluated its potential for adverse clinical and aortic outcomes.
Methods: Between 1995 and 2016, 478 patients without prior dialysis requirement (mean age, 62.1 years; 60.5% male) presented with ABAD. Renal malperfusion was identified in 87 (18.2%). AKI was assessed by the Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes criteria.
Results: AKI was seen in 252 (52.7%; stage 1 in 130, stage 2 in 71, stage 3 in 51) and was associated with increased hospitalization (11 days vs 7 days with no AKI, p = 0.008). Independent predictors of AKI included hypertension (odds ratio [OR], 1.69), chronic kidney disease (OR, 3.98), congestive heart failure (OR, 2.36), and visceral (OR, 2.19), renal (OR, 3.18), or limb malperfusion (OR, 2.18, all p < 0.05). Early mortality occurred in 44 (9.2%) and was independently predicted by stages 2 (OR, 4.38) and 3 AKI (OR, 6.30; both p < 0.03). The 10-year survival was 46.5%, and independent predictors of late death included aortic diameter (OR, 1.02), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (OR, 2.02), chronic kidney disease (OR, 3.51), and stages 2 (OR, 2.74) and 3 AKI (OR, 2.26, all p < 0.01). The 10-year freedom from aortic rupture, repeat dissection, or need for reintervention was 39.8%. Independent predictors of late aortic events included hyperlipidemia (OR, 1.55), diabetes (OR, 0.38), aortic diameter (OR, 1.03), and connective tissue disease (OR, 2.54, all p < 0.03), but not AKI (p = 0.149).
Conclusions: AKI is common after ABAD and increases early mortality and hospital stay and diminishes late survival. Despite its adverse effect on survival, AKI is not associated with late aortic events.
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