Division of Nephrology
Columbia Kidney News
Elevated NGAL is Associated with the Severity of Kidney Injury and Poor Prognosis of Patients with COVID-19
In the Oct. 2021 issue of the Kidney International Reports, Katherine Xu, et al. tested whether molecular biomarkers of tubular injury measured at hospital admission were associated with acute kidney injury in those with COVID-19 infection. In this study, it was noted that in the patients with COVID-19, uNGAL level was quantitatively associated with histopathologic injury, loss of kidney function, and severity of patient outcomes. Read the full article here.
Impact of Extending Eligibility for Reinstatement of Waiting Time After Early Allograft Failure
In the Sept. 2021 issue of American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Dr. Ali Husain reported a study that found reinstating waiting time for recipients experiencing allograft failure up to 1-year following transplantation yielded more additional transplants than growth in additions to the waiting list for all model assumptions except the combination of a very low relative reduction in discards (5%) and a very high failure rate of transplanted kidneys that would previously have been discarded (≥5 times the rate of currently transplanted kidneys). Read the full article here.
Ultrasound findings of calciphylaxis
In the Nov. 2021 issue of the Kidney International, Dr. Raphael Rosen reported the ultrasound findings of calciphylaxis. He noted that the “ultrasound findings of calciphylaxis have been rarely reported, but given that it is a low-cost, noninvasive, nonirradiating test that can be repeated to monitor progress, it may serve as a valuable adjunct in the diagnosis and monitoring of calciphylaxis.” Read the full article here.