Acute kidney injury (AKI) resulting in nonendocrine failure has
a poor prognosis: mortality rates associated with AKI are approximately 50%
to 60% in companion animals, with many deaths occurring shortly after
diagnosis. Key factors in the high mortality rate associated with AKI include
the delayed detection of this condition due to insensitive diagnostic tests;
the subtlety of early signs, delaying presentation to a veterinarian; and the
rapid progression of kidney injury associated with nephrotoxins such as
ethylene glycol or lilies. This presentation covers actionable steps for
improved diagnosis and earlier intervention.
- Review the definition of AKI events and risk factors.
- Review current classification schemes that reflect a continuum of kidney
- Review both traditional markers of renal injury and newer biomarkers.
- Examine acute kidney injury in terms of specific infectious diseases and
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