Crush-related acute kidney injury (acute renal failure)
- Raymond Vanholder, MD, PhD
Raymond Vanholder, MD, PhD
- Professor Emeritus of Medicine
- University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium
- Mehmet S Sever, MD
Mehmet S Sever, MD
- Professor of Medicine
- Istanbul School of Medicine
High circulating plasma myoglobin levels secondary to rhabdomyolysis can cause heme pigment-associated acute tubular necrosis (ATN), which results in an abrupt rise in serum creatinine, or acute kidney injury (AKI) [1-4]. (See "Definition of acute kidney injury (acute renal failure)".)
Rhabdomyolysis may be due to either traumatic or nontraumatic muscle injury. Much of our knowledge on rhabdomyolysis-associated ATN derives from observations of rhabdomyolysis that occurs as part of the crush syndrome resulting from large-scale natural or manmade disasters.
The clinical features and prevention of AKI due to traumatic rhabdomyolysis will be reviewed here. ATN due to nontraumatic rhabdomyolysis and hemolysis and general overviews of rhabdomyolysis, hemolysis, and drug-induced myopathies are discussed in detail separately. (See "Clinical features and diagnosis of heme pigment-induced acute kidney injury (acute renal failure)" and "Clinical manifestations and diagnosis of rhabdomyolysis" and "Approach to the diagnosis of hemolytic anemia in the adult" and "Drug-induced myopathies".)
DEFINITIONS AND EPIDEMIOLOGY
Systemic manifestations that are induced by crush injury are often referred to as crush syndrome. Crush syndrome develops in 30 to 50 percent of cases of traumatic rhabdomyolysis and is frequently seen after catastrophic earthquakes. According to some estimates, the incidence of crush syndrome ranges between 2 and 5 percent of all injured victims of catastrophic earthquakes [5-8]. All disaster victims, irrespective of whether they are mildly or severely injured, should be considered at increased risk.
The incidence of AKI and the frequency with which dialysis is required in these cases have varied widely in different studies. The following reports have analyzed these aspects as part of crush injury following catastrophic earthquakes.
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- Better OS, Stein JH. Early management of shock and prophylaxis of acute renal failure in traumatic rhabdomyolysis. N Engl J Med 1990; 322:825.
- Zager RA. Rhabdomyolysis and myohemoglobinuric acute renal failure. Kidney Int 1996; 49:314.
- Odeh M. The role of reperfusion-induced injury in the pathogenesis of the crush syndrome. N Engl J Med 1991; 324:1417.
- Bartal C, Zeller L, Miskin I, et al. Crush syndrome: saving more lives in disasters: lessons learned from the early-response phase in Haiti. Arch Intern Med 2011; 171:694.
- Sheng ZY. Medical support in the Tangshan earthquake: a review of the management of mass casualties and certain major injuries. J Trauma 1987; 27:1130.
- Sever MS, Erek E, Vanholder R, et al. The Marmara earthquake: epidemiological analysis of the victims with nephrological problems. Kidney Int 2001; 60:1114.
- Oda J, Tanaka H, Yoshioka T, et al. Analysis of 372 patients with Crush syndrome caused by the Hanshin-Awaji earthquake. J Trauma 1997; 42:470.
- Hatamizadeh P, Najafi I, Vanholder R, et al. Epidemiologic aspects of the Bam earthquake in Iran: the nephrologic perspective. Am J Kidney Dis 2006; 47:428.
- Sever MS, Erek E, Vanholder R, et al. Lessons learned from the Marmara disaster: Time period under the rubble. Crit Care Med 2002; 30:2443.
- Sever MS, Erek E, Vanholder R, et al. Treatment modalities and outcome of the renal victims of the Marmara earthquake. Nephron 2002; 92:64.
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- Ward MM. Factors predictive of acute renal failure in rhabdomyolysis. Arch Intern Med 1988; 148:1553.
- Vanholder R, Sever MS, Erek E, Lameire N. Rhabdomyolysis. J Am Soc Nephrol 2000; 11:1553.
- Sever MS, Erek E, Vanholder R, et al. Clinical findings in the renal victims of a catastrophic disaster: the Marmara earthquake. Nephrol Dial Transplant 2002; 17:1942.
- Gunal AI, Celiker H, Dogukan A, et al. Early and vigorous fluid resuscitation prevents acute renal failure in the crush victims of catastrophic earthquakes. J Am Soc Nephrol 2004; 15:1862.
- Sever MS, Vanholder R, Lameire N. Management of crush-related injuries after disasters. N Engl J Med 2006; 354:1052.
- Ron D, Taitelman U, Michaelson M, et al. Prevention of acute renal failure in traumatic rhabdomyolysis. Arch Intern Med 1984; 144:277.
- Kazancioğlu R, Korular D, Sever MS, et al. The outcome of patients presenting with crush syndrome after the Marmara earthquake. Int J Artif Organs 2001; 24:17.
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- Slater MS, Mullins RJ. Rhabdomyolysis and myoglobinuric renal failure in trauma and surgical patients: a review. J Am Coll Surg 1998; 186:693.
- Sever MS, Vanholder R, RDRTF of ISN Work Group on Recommendations for the Management of Crush Victims in Mass Disasters. Recommendation for the management of crush victims in mass disasters. Nephrol Dial Transplant 2012; 27 Suppl 1:i1.
- Moore KP, Holt SG, Patel RP, et al. A causative role for redox cycling of myoglobin and its inhibition by alkalinization in the pathogenesis and treatment of rhabdomyolysis-induced renal failure. J Biol Chem 1998; 273:31731.
- Zager RA. Combined mannitol and deferoxamine therapy for myohemoglobinuric renal injury and oxidant tubular stress. Mechanistic and therapeutic implications. J Clin Invest 1992; 90:711.
- Better OS, Rubinstein I, Winaver JM, Knochel JP. Mannitol therapy revisited (1940-1997). Kidney Int 1997; 52:886.
- Homsi E, Barreiro MF, Orlando JM, Higa EM. Prophylaxis of acute renal failure in patients with rhabdomyolysis. Ren Fail 1997; 19:283.
- Brown CV, Rhee P, Chan L, et al. Preventing renal failure in patients with rhabdomyolysis: do bicarbonate and mannitol make a difference? J Trauma 2004; 56:1191.
- Sever MS, Erek E, Vanholder R, et al. Serum potassium in the crush syndrome victims of the Marmara disaster. Clin Nephrol 2003; 59:326.
- Collins AJ, Burzstein S. Renal failure in disasters. Crit Care Clin 1991; 7:421.
- Noji EK. Acute renal failure in natural disasters. Ren Fail 1992; 14:245.
- Sterns RH, Rojas M, Bernstein P, Chennupati S. Ion-exchange resins for the treatment of hyperkalemia: are they safe and effective? J Am Soc Nephrol 2010; 21:733.
- Sever MS, Erek E, Vanholder R, et al. The Marmara earthquake: admission laboratory features of patients with nephrological problems. Nephrol Dial Transplant 2002; 17:1025.
- Vanholder R, Borniche D, Claus S, et al. When the earth trembles in the Americas: the experience of Haiti and Chile 2010. Nephron Clin Pract 2011; 117:c184.
- Osman D, Ridel C, Ray P, et al. Cardiac filling pressures are not appropriate to predict hemodynamic response to volume challenge. Crit Care Med 2007; 35:64.
- Pinsky MR, Brophy P, Padilla J, et al. Fluid and volume monitoring. Int J Artif Organs 2008; 31:111.
- Vanholder R, Sever MS, De Smet M, et al. Intervention of the Renal Disaster Relief Task Force in the 1999 Marmara, Turkey earthquake. Kidney Int 2001; 59:783.
- Lameire N, Vanholder R, Van Biesen W. Loop diuretics for patients with acute renal failure: helpful or harmful? JAMA 2002; 288:2599.
- Mehta RL, Pascual MT, Soroko S, et al. Diuretics, mortality, and nonrecovery of renal function in acute renal failure. JAMA 2002; 288:2547.
- Sever MS, Erek E, Vanholder R, et al. Renal replacement therapies in the aftermath of the catastrophic Marmara earthquake. Kidney Int 2002; 62:2264.
- DEFINITIONS AND EPIDEMIOLOGY
- CLINICAL MANIFESTATIONS
- Compartment syndrome
- Dark urine
- Renal insufficiency
- Other clinical problems
- BIOCHEMICAL ABNORMALITIES
- DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS
- Before and during extrication
- - Evidence
- After extrication
- - Use of bicarbonate
- - Use of mannitol
- - Prevention of hyperkalemia
- - Urine output goal
- - Total volume administered
- - Calcium
- - Loop diuretics
- TREATMENT OF ESTABLISHED ACUTE KIDNEY INJURY
- INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS
- SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS