Unifying Concepts

Classifications of Acute Kidney Injury and Chronic Kidney Disease

Recently developed consensus functional definitions on the basis of specific changes in the serum creatinine concentration and urine volume now complement anatomical approaches to diagnosis.

Classifications of Acute Kidney Injury and Chronic Kidney Disease

Stage Assessments
Acute kidney injury Serum Creatinine Concentration Urine Output
1 1.5–1.9 × baseline or >/=0.3 mg/dl above baseline <0.5 ml/kg/hr for 6–12 hr
2 2.0–2.9 × baseline <0.5 ml/kg/hr for >12 hr
3 >/=3.0 × baseline, >/=4.0 mg/dl, or initiation of renal-replacement therapy <0.3 ml/kg/hr for >/=24 hr or anuria for >/=12 hr
Chronic kidney disease Definition GFR (ml/min/1.73 m2)
1 Kidney damage with normal GFR >/=90
2 Kidney damage with mild decrease in GFR 60–89
3A Mild-to-moderate decrease in GFR 45–59
3B Moderate-to-severe decrease in GFR 30–44
4 Severe decrease in GFR 15–29
5 End-stage renal disease <15

The stage of acute kidney injury is determined according to the Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes Acute Kidney Injury Classification, and that of chronic kidney disease according to the glomerular filtration rate (GFR). Kidney damage is usually detected by means of an increased urinary  albumin-to-creatinine ratio. To convert the values for creatinine to micromoles per liter, multiply by 88.4.



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Created Sep 12, 2014.

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