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Acute kidney injury (AKI) occurs in approximately 7% of patients undergoing PCI, of whom 3% develop AKI that requires dialysis. Increased occurrence of AKI among patients undergoing PCI is associated with the presence of STEMI, preexisting baseline renal failure and cardiogenic shock. The occurrence of AKI following PCI is associated with increased in-hospital mortality.[1]

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Renal dysfunction following contrast administration during angiography may relate to either contrast induced nephropathy (CIN), cholesterol embolization syndrome, or both.

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2011 ACCF/AHA/SCAI Guidelines for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (DO NOT EDIT)[2]

Contrast-Induced Acute Kidney Injury (DO NOT EDIT)[2]

Class I
"1. Patients should be assessed for risk of contrast-induced acute kidney injury before PCI.[3][4] (Level of Evidence: C)"
"2. Patients undergoing cardiac catheterization with contrast media should receive adequate preparatory hydration.[5][6][7][8] (Level of Evidence: B)"
"3. In patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) (creatinine clearance ≤60 mL/min), the volume of contrast media should be minimized.[9][10][11] (Level of Evidence: B)"
Class III (No Benefit)
"1. Administration of N-acetyl-L-cysteine is not useful for the prevention of contrast-induced acute kidney injury.[12][13] [14][15][16] (Level of Evidence: A)"

PCI in Chronic Kidney Disease (DO NOT EDIT)[2]

Class I
"1. In patients undergoing PCI, the glomerular filtration rate should be estimated and the dosage of renally cleared medications should be adjusted.[17][18][19] (Level of Evidence: B)"


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