Aim: Because of the delayed rise of serum creatinine concentrations, novel biomarkers such as NGAL, GST and KIM-1 are proposed to detect acute kidney injury (AKI). In this study we evaluated these biomarkers. Materials & methods: Twenty-six consecutive adult liver transplantations were evaluated. Markers were measured at four different time points during an intensive care unit admission. Results: Plasma NGAL detected AKI with an optimal area under the curve at 8 h after admission (0.86; p = 0.004) and at 4 h after admission for urinary NGAL (0.80; p = 0.012). The other markers failed to detect AKI. Conclusion: NGAL is a promising biomarker for detecting AKI in patients after liver transplantation.

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Biomarkers in Medicine
Department of Intensive Care

Dedeoğlu, B., de Geus, H., Fortrie, G., & Betjes, M. (2013). Novel biomarkers for the prediction of acute kidney injury in patients undergoing liver transplantation. Biomarkers in Medicine, 7(6), 947–957. doi:10.2217/bmm.13.91