Monday, September 26, 2022

Millions of COVID-19 patients may have deadly disease hidden by virus diagnosis

Millions of COVID-19 patients may have an unknown, potentially fatal, acute kidney disease, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Queensland say that one in five virus patients hospitalized and two out of five in intensive care develop acute kidney disease (AKI), which means the kidneys fail to filter waste from the blood. Huh.

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Dr Marina Weinstein, a PhD candidate and kidney specialist from the University of Queensland, says a new study indicates that the rate of AKI may be doubled in COVID-19 patients.

Doctors test for the disease by monitoring the patient’s urine and blood creatinine levels, but Weinstein says they may not be diagnosed with AKI if the patient’s creatinine levels rise before being admitted to the hospital. Is.

She says monitoring of creatine levels suggests that the rate of AKI in COVID-19 patients may be twice as high as official figures.

“We may miss an AKI diagnosis and fail to appropriately manage the patient in those early, critical days of hospitalization,” Weinstein said.

“It was a very shocking discovery.”

She said the finding is important because the research also showed that COVID-19 patients with acute kidney disease had poorer medical outcomes in hospital and were more likely to die than other virus patients.

Weinstein said proper AKI diagnosis was important because there are relatively simple treatments for the potentially fatal disease, such as increasing the patient’s hydration levels and stopping drugs that can be toxic to the kidneys.

A study by Qld has raised concerns about the rate of acute kidney conditions in COVID-19 patients. Credit: AAP

UQ’s Dr Sally Shrapnell, who supervised the study, said the data was difficult to analyze because it was collected by hospital staff in multiple settings under “extremely difficult conditions”.

However, she said the study included data from countries where people had limited access to healthcare and were more likely to present in hospital when the disease was advanced.

Shrapnell hopes the study will lead to a more comprehensive AKI definition and improve testing of patients for the disease.

“Now that we have data showing a huge difference in AKI diagnosis, it is time to test this definition in a clinical trial so that we can identify all AKI patients early and hopefully prevent these dire consequences.” can stop,” she said.

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