Drug-related acute renal failure in hospitalised patients

Lujan Iavecchia, Gloria Cereza García, Mònica Sabaté Gallego, Xavier Vidal Guitart, Natalia Ramos Terrades, Judith de la Torre, Alfons Segarra Medrano, Antònia Agustí Escasany

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© 2015 Sociedad Española de Nefrología. Introduction: The information available on the incidence and the characteristics of patients with acute renal failure (ARF) related to drugs is scarce. Objectives: To estimate the incidence of drug-related ARF in hospitalised patients and to compare their characteristics with those of patients with ARF due to other causes. Material and methods: We selected a prospective cohort of patients with ARF during hospital admission (July 2010-July 2011). Information on patients' demographics, medical antecedents, ARF risk factors, ARF severity according to the RIFLE classification and hospital drug administration was collected. We analysed the relationship of drugs with the ARF episodes using Spanish Pharmacovigilance System methods and algorithm. Results: A total of 194 cases had an episode of hospital-acquired ARF. The median age of patients was 72 years [IQR 20]; 60% were men. The ARF incidence during hospitalisation was 9.6 per 1000 admissions. According to the RIFLE classification, a risk of kidney damage or kidney injury was present in 77.8% of cases. In 105 (54.1%) cases, ARF was drug-related; the drugs most frequently involved were diuretics, agents acting on the renin-angiotensin system, immunosuppressants, β-blocking agents, calcium channel blockers, contrast media and non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs. Patients with drug-related ARF had more multi-morbidity, fewer ARF risk factors and lower mortality. Conclusions: Half of ARF episodes during hospitalisation were drug related. Patients with drug-related ARF had higher cardiovascular morbidity than those with ARF related to other causes, but they had a lower frequency of ARF risk factors and mortality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-532
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015


  • Acute renal failure
  • Drugs
  • Medications


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