Patients Hospitalized With COVID-19 and Acute Kidney Injury

In a large New York health system, a significant proportion of patients hospitalized for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection experienced acute kidney injury (AKI), but their overall and kidney-related outcomes were unknown. Given the prolonged hospitalizations for these critically ill patients, studies to date have been hampered by a lack of complete follow-up and outcome ascertainment. Ng and Hirsch et al found that the risk for dying in the hospital was significantly higher if one developed AKI and particularly so for those who needed dialytic support. Most patients with AKI who survived to hospital discharge had kidney recovery, although among patients with AKI requiring dialysis, ∼31% still needed outpatient dialysis at the time of discharge. Chronic kidney disease was the only independent risk factor associated with requiring dialysis at discharge.

AJKD’s Social Media Editor, Timothy Yau @Maximal_Change, recently recorded an interview with one of the first authors, Jia H. Ng @jiahweing, to find out more about this paper:

If the embedded player above doesn’t work, please click here to watch the video interview.

Special thanks to Dr Ng for agreeing to do the interview!


To view the Ng and Hirsch et al article (FREE), please visit

Title: Outcomes Among Patients Hospitalized With COVID-19 and Acute Kidney Injury
Authors: J.H. Ng and J.S. Hirsch, A. Hazzan, R. Wanchoo, H.H. Shah, D.A. Malieckal, D.W. Ross, P. Sharma, V. Sakhiya, S. Fishbane, K.D. Jhaveri, on behalf of the Northwell Nephrology COVID-19 Research Consortium
DOI: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2020.09.002


In the face of the unprecedented public health crisis posed by the current pandemic, this special collection gathers COVID-19–related publications from the NKF family of journals. All articles in the collection are freely available.

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