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Combining NGAL, RAI Tests Can Help PICU Teams Predict Acute Kidney Injury

Two acute kidney injury assessments—the Renal Angina Index (RAI) and measurement of urinary Neutrophil Gelatinase Associated Lipocalin (NGAL)—can be used to determine patients’ risk of developing severe acute kidney injury, according to research from Kelli Krallman and a team of colleagues from Cincinnati Children’s.

Findings were presented Nov. 10, 2019, at the American Society of Nephrology’s “Kidney Week 2019.”

“Integration of the RAI and urinary NGAL assessments can be used early in the PICU course to identify patients truly at risk for acute kidney injury and its associated morbidity,” Krallman says.

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