Acute kidney injury: taking aim at colistin
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KeywordsKidney Disease Serum Creatinine Renal Replacement Therapy Acute Kidney Injury Urine Output
Acute kidney injury
We appreciate the contribution of Rocco and colleagues , whose retrospective study in a recent issue of Critical Care evaluated risk factors for acute kidney injury (AKI) in patients receiving colistin methanesulfonate (CMS) or other nephrotoxic antimicrobials. The following key thoughts occurred to us after reviewing the study.
We would like to address the criteria the authors used to qualify AKI. The authors note using RIFLE (Risk, Injury, and Failure; and Loss, and End-stage kidney disease) criteria to assess kidney injury, and note the degree of increase of serum creatinine from baseline in categorizing patients. However, the authors do not comment on urine output in these patients. Both urine output and serum creatinine are critical variables in recognizing kidney injury in a timely manner .
As noted, the literature on CMS pharmacokinetics is limited. A recent study investigating the pharmacokinetics of colistin noted that the maximum plasma concentration-to-minimum inhibitory concentration was much lower for Pseudomonas species than for other Gram-negative rods . This implies that higher doses of CMS, and potentially more nephrotoxic doses, are required for treating Pseudomonas infections. Additionally, for those patients receiving continuous renal replacement therapy, the effective dose of antibiotic received may vary. It would be interesting to see what relationship, if any, exists between AKI and targeted bacteria species in critically ill patients on CMS.
We appreciate the contribution of the authors to the literature on the prediction of AKI in critically ill patients receiving nephrotoxic antimicrobials. Further investigations into both the efficacy and potential harm of this antimicrobial are warranted.
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