A study of patients infected with the new coronavirus, admitted to one of the largest health care networks in New York (United States), revealed that more than a third of them developed acute kidney injury. The disease occurs when the kidneys can no longer filter blood waste.

In the survey, carried out by a team from Northwell Health and published in Kidney International this Thursday (14), the medical records of 5,449 patients hospitalized at the health provider between March 1 and April 5 were analyzed. Of this total, 36.6% had nephrological damage, with 15% needing dialysis.

According to the head of nephrology at Hofstra / Northwell Kenar Jhaveri, co-author of the study, renal failure developed at the onset of symptoms of covid-19. Of the patients who presented the condition, 37.7% have already arrived at the hospital with the condition or developed it in the first 24 hours after admission.

Research has also shown that there is a strong association between those infected with Sars-CoV-2 who needed mechanical ventilation and the onset of acute kidney damage. Of the more than 1,000 patients who used the equipment, 90% had kidney failure, while of the 925 who did not require this care, 21.7% had the problem.

Common picture among critically ill patients
The appearance of kidney damage is relatively common in cases of patients in serious condition, in diseases in general, according to Jhaveri. “It is not specific for covid-19. It is more related to how sick you are, ”the doctor told Reuters.

Despite this, the study, which is the biggest achievement to date on kidney failure in patients with covid-19, could help hospitals better organize themselves for future coronavirus outbreaks.

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The kidney problem is one more of the effects of the disease detected. Damage to the lungs, intestines and other organs has also been reported.

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