Contrast-induced acute kidney injury

  • P Dean Gopalan University of Kwa-Zulu Natal


The need for radiological studies using contrast media has increased. Diagnostic radiological procedures remain an essential part of patient assessment, while interventional radiology is a burgeoning field that is replacing open procedures, especially in high-risk patients. Contrastinduced acute kidney injury (CIAKI) has subsequently become the third most common reason for the development of in-hospital acute kidney injury in the USA, accounting for 12% of cases.1 Consequently, anaesthesiologists are more likely to encounter patients who are either at risk of developing CIAKI, or who have already acquired it.

Author Biography

P Dean Gopalan, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
MBChB (Natal), FCA (SA), Crit Care (SA) Chief Specialist and Head of Department Anaesthesiology & Critical Care Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
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