Acute kidney injury in dengue virus infection

Muhammad A.M. Khalil, Sarfaraz Sarwar, Muhammad A. Chaudry, Baila Maqbool, Zarghoona Khalil, Jackson Tan, Sonia Yaqub, Syed A. Hussain

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BackgroundDengue is a growing public health problem in Pakistan and acute kidney injury (AKI) is one of the least studied complications of dengue virus infection (DVI). The aim of this study was to determine the frequency, severity and predictors of AKI in patients with DVI and to study the impact of AKI on the length of hospital stay and mortality.MethodsWe retrospectively reviewed medical records of patients aged <14 years hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of DVI at Aga Khan University Hospital Karachi between January 2008 and December 2010. Binary logistic regression models were constructed to identify factors associated with the development of AKI and to study the impact of AKI on hospital stays of more than 3 days.ResultsOut of 532 patients, AKI was present in 13.3 (71/532). Approximately two-thirds (64.8) of these patients had mild AKI and a third (35.2) had moderate to severe AKI. Independent predictors for AKI were male gender [odds ratio (OD) 4.43; 95 CI 1.92-10.23], presence of dengue hemorrhagic and dengue shock syndrome (DSS, OD 2.14; 95 CI 1.06-4.32), neurological involvement (OD 12.08; 95 CI 2.82-51.77) and prolonged activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT, OD 1.81; 95 CI 1.003-3.26). AKI was associated with a length of stay <3 days when compared with those who did not have AKI (OD 2.98; 95 CI 1.66-5.34). Eight patients (11.3) with AKI died whereas there were no mortalities in patients without AKI (P < 0.001). Only 5 patients (7) had persistent kidney dysfunction at discharge.ConclusionsAKI in DVI is associated with neurological involvement, prolongation of aPTT, greater length of hospital stay and increased mortality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)390-394
Number of pages5
JournalCKJ: Clinical Kidney Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012


  • acute kidney injury
  • dengue
  • length of hospital stay
  • mortality
  • predictors for AKI


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