What is the role of bladder pressure testing in the workup 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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An intra-abdominal pressure of less than 10 mm Hg is considered normal and suggests that abdominal compartment syndrome is not the cause of AKI. An intra-abdominal pressure above 10 mm Hg is abnormal, but patients who have pressures of 15-25 mm Hg are at particular risk for abdominal compartment syndrome, and those with bladder pressures above 25 mm Hg should be suspected of having AKI as a result of abdominal compartment syndrome.


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