How does fluid balance affect the prognosis of acute kidney injury (AKI)?

Updated: Dec 24, 2020
  • Author: Biruh T Workeneh, MD, PhD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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In a post hoc analysis of the Fluid and Catheter Treatment Trial (FACTT), which examined liberal versus conservative fluid management in intubated ICU patients, fluid balance and diuretic use were identified as prognostic factors for mortality in individuals with AKI. Specifically, greater cumulative fluid accumulation over an average of 6 days (10.2 L vs 3.7 L in the liberal vs conservative group, respectively) was associated with a higher mortality rate, and higher furosemide use (cumulatively, 562 mg vs 159 mg, respectively) was associated with a lower mortality rate. [26]

Of note, more than half of the individuals in FACTT had stage 1 AKI (AKIN criteria), so whether these results apply to more severe stages of AKI is not clear. One interpretation of this study is that patients who can be stabilized with less volume resuscitation fare better. From a practical standpoint, one conclusion is that aggressive, prolonged volume resuscitation does not improve prognosis in AKI in the ICU setting. [26]

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