Microalbuminuria: a biomarker of sepsis
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Published: 13 March 2009
Assessment of microalbuminuria as a diagnostic tool in predicting sepsis in the critically ill patient.
A prospective observational study in a 20-bed ICU in a tertiary-care hospital. Microalbuminuria estimated as the spot urine albumin–creatinine ratio (ACR, mg/g) was measured on ICU admission (ACR1) and after 24 hours (ACR2). A total of 242 patients were recruited for the study between January 2007 and May 2008. Patients with an ICU stay of less than 24 hours, pregnancy, menstruation, anuria, hematuria, urinary tract infection, and proteinuria due to renal and postrenal structural diseases were excluded.
Absence of significant microalbuminuria at the time of ICU admission is unlikely to be associated with sepsis.
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