Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Topic Discussion: Stones: HEART of the MATTER




Last year, a prospective study was published in JAMA suggesting that having a history of kidney stones as an independent risk factor for cardiac disease (CHD). 
            In short, this was a prospective study of 45748 men and 196357 women in the United States without a history of CHD at baseline who were participants in the three study cohort registries. Coronary heart disease was defined as fatal or nonfatal myocardial infarction (MI) or coronary revascularization. The outcome was identified by biennial questionnaires and confirmed through review of medical records.
            Of a total of over 240,000 participants, over 19,000 reported a history of kidney stones. After up to 24 years of follow-up in men and 18 years in women, 16838 incident cases of CHD occurred. After adjusting for all confounders, amongst the 2 cohorts of women, a history of kidney stones was associated with a modest but statistically significantly increased risk of CHD; there was no significant association in a separate cohort of men.
The knowledge of history of kidney stones was obtained via an independently validated survey.
When looking at the covariates, most risk variants of both formation of kidney stones and CHD were evaluated and controlled for.

Why this risk?

1.    CHD and stone formers share the same risk factors- obesity, metabolic syndrome, DMII, HTN, high lipids but when controlled for all this, the risk of getting CHD was independently associated with history of stones
2.    Perhaps common dietary factors- sugary drinks, low calcium diet, high protein diet, but dietary adjustments were also made in the study.
3.    One adjustment that was not made was renal disease. Stone formers can perhaps have CKD and CKD becomes then a CHD risk factor.  This was not analyzed per authors in the manuscript.
What is the mechanism?
1.    Perhaps there is a unknown metabolic state that is both a risk factor for stones and CHD
2.    The stone might increase some other factor that we don’t know that leads to CHD
3.    There might be some other confounding factor we haven’t found.

Why Women: - No clear explanation can be found, perhaps an unknown factor that is not clear yet.
Major limitations: Self reported questionnaire, stone analysis not clear, most patients were white and not many blacks, Asians or Hispanics.


Very fascinating study but leaves us with more questions than answers.  At this point, would not make any major statements based on this observational study re risk of cardiac disease and stones.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cisplatin-induced acute kidney injury (AKI): Why is magnesium balance important?


Cisplatin is one of the most commonly used chemotherapeutic agents.  In the US, there are more than 2000 ongoing clinical trials investigating cisplatin in patients with ovarian, testicular, bladder, cervical, and head/neck cancers, among others.  Unfortunately, approximately 25-30% of patients receiving cisplatin suffer nephrotoxicity despite its potency as an anti-tumor agent. This is a challenge in the oncology clinical setting where either dose reductions or discontinuation of cisplatin are often required to salvage the kidneys leaving the patient and clinician with limited options given the efficacy and affordability of this drug.  An important contributor to cisplatin-mediated nephrotoxicity is the accompanying electrolyte imbalances, including hypomagnesemia. Magnesium (Mg) is an essential dietary mineral required for normal body functioning and cellular processes.  Surprisingly, Mg consumption (via foods and supplements) among most Americans, particularly the elderly, is below the recommended daily allowance. In addition, many medications and disease conditions reduce the availability of dietary Mg. Therefore, we sought to examine the effects of Mg deficiency and Mg supplementation following Mg deficiency on cisplatin-mediated acute kidney injury (AKI) using a mouse model.  We observed that Mg deficiency exacerbates cisplatin-induced AKI, whereas correction of Mg status protects against cisplatin-mediated AKI.  Additional studies detail the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which Mg provides renoprotection, namely by attenuating cisplatin-induced inflammation, oxidative stress and apoptosis. In addition, we show for the first time that Mg supplementation reduces the platinum accumulation in the kidneys possibly by affecting the efflux of cisplatin by the renal epithelial cells.  While protecting the kidneys, Mg supplementation did not compromise cisplatin-induced cytotoxicity using several human cancer cell lines, suggesting the Mg does not interfere with the chemotherapeutic efficacy of cisplatin in vitro. The results of this study warrant future large scale clinical studies to better monitor patients’ Mg status prior to and during cisplatin treatment and to develop improved Mg supplementation protocols that provide nephroprotection without compromising cisplatin’s potent chemotherapeutic efficacy.

For full link of paper click below

Post By:

Malvika Solanki, MD

Friday, July 25, 2014

The First Ever Nephrology Spelling Bee



The First Ever Nephrology Spelling Pee Bee

For the first time ever ( to my knowledge), we conducted a Nephrology Spelling Bee competition for our residents and trainees.  It was like the ESPN format of the show.  Nephrology faculty prepared tough nephrology entity related words. Residents were allowed 1 minute to try to spell the word. They could ask 2 questions regarding pronunciation and using it in a sentence.  If they got it, they moved to the next round. If they got it wrong, they got eliminated. 

Following the word, a PowerPoint slide was shown with the correct spelling followed by an academic question attached to the word for the trainees. The correct answer to that question would win a nephrology text book.  The final spelling bee winner won Tennis US Open tickets. 

While it was a fun event, there was teaching through the academic questions attached through the words.  A surprise host of the show was Sameer Mishra, prior national spelling bee winner from 2008( the real deal).  Check out his you tube video of the winning word.

Some of the words we used were:  amyloidosis,belatacept, podocalyxin, pseudopheochromocytoma to name a few.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Delta –Delta or corrected HCO3- where is this other disorder hiding?

Often when we have a severe gap acidosis, we are forced to calculate the “delta/delta” and look for either a non gap acidosis or met alkalosis. How does this work?
Let’s work an example:
Ph 7.1, AG is 22 and serum Hco3 is 10 with a premise of AG metabolic acidosis.

Method one:

            Corrected bicarbonate = measured bicarbonate +( change in AG)
            Corrected bicarbonate = 10 + (22-12) = 20
If corrected bicarbonate is <22, a non gap acidosis is present as well
If corrected bicarbonate is >26, a met alk is also present.
If 22-26, a pure gap acidosis remains.

Method two: 
Think out loud,   “If the AG dropped increased from 12 to 22, there was a change of 10, hence bicarbonate should be roughly down by 10meq.  Normal bicarbonate is 24 and hence bicarbonate should be 14, but it’s 10, hence a non gap acidosis is present as well.”

Most online calculators use this method:


Problem with this method: Assumptions about all buffering occurring in the ECF and being totally by bicarbonate are not correct. Fifty to sixty percent of the buffering for a metabolic acidosis occurs intracellularly.

Method three: using the delta-delta ratio
delta ratio = (Increase in Anion Gap / Decrease in bicarbonate)
delta ratio = ( 10/14)=  <1 giving us the same diagnosis of combined gap and non gap acidosis.
See the below table

Delta Ratio
Assessment Guideline
0.4 - 0.8
Consider combined high AG & normal AG acidosis
1 to 2
Usual for uncomplicated high-AG acidosis
Lactic acidosis: average value 1.6
DKA more likely to have a ratio closer to 1
> 2
Suggests a pre-existing elevated HCO3 level so consider: concurrent metabolic alkalosis

 As a general rule, in uncomplicated lactic acidosis, the rise in the AG should always exceed the fall in bicarbonate level.

The situation with a pure DKA  is a special case as the urinary loss of ketones decreases the anion gap and this returns the delta ratio downwards towards one. A further complication is that these patients are often fluid resuscitated with 'normal saline' solution which results in a increase in plasma chloride and a decrease in anion gap and development of a 'hyperchloraemic normal anion gap acidosis' superimposed on the ketoacidosis. The result is a further drop in the delta ratio.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Diabetic Kidney Disease: Old and New View

A recent article by Dr Sally Marshall in ACKD reviews the natural history of CKD in diabetic patients and reviews the old and the new view of looking at Diabetic Nephropathy. Highly recommend this article for everyone to review.  Here is a short summary of the review.

Old view:

Microalbuminuria is permanent and progresses to proteinuria in most cases.
The peak incidence of DN is 16 years and few after 35 years>
Classically, the microalbumuria progresses to proteinuria and then GFR declines
Usually, this was an older individual disease.

New view:

Low levels of albuminuria( rather than microalbuminuria) is a reversible phenomenon in majority( likely representing more of a hemodynamic change, inflammatory change or endothelial injury rather than structural damage in the kidney)
Higher levels of albuminuria are more likely to progress to proteinuria.
Peak incidence of diseases now ranging from 16-30 years
Atypical forms of presentations are becoming common where GFR decline can be seen without any prior proteinuric variant.  A vigilant watch is needed to notice this “non classical” DN
Finally, young adults are being effected with this entity and CKD become more of a common disease in Type 2 DM at an earlier age.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Clinical Case 83: Answer and Summary

Which one of these drugs is the most common culprit in acute allergic interstitial nephritis now?
Amoxicillin 13%
Omeprazole 37%
Ciprofloxacin 24%
Ibuprofen 24%


Classically, drug induced AIN has been most commonly linked with antibiotics and NSAIDS. Recently, PPIs have emerged as a more common cause of AIN than the other drugs. This might be due to the massive use of these agents for almost all patients that are admitted to the hospital for ulcer ppx.  A recent study from Mayo Clinic looked at biopsy proven AIN in a single center retrospectively and identified the culprits. Drugs were 70% of the causes followed by autoimmune diseases. The most common class of drugs were antibiotics followed by PPI and then antibiotics. But overall, the top 3 causes were omeprazole, amoxicillin and then ciprofloxacin.  Patients with PPI induced AIN were older, not as symptomatic and had longer duration of drug exposure till getting kidney biopsy. 

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