Aspirin or blood pressure medication before and after surgery does not reduce risk of AKI

November 15, 2014 3:01 PM

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In patients undergoing noncardiac surgery, neither aspirin nor clonidine (a medication primarily used to treat high blood pressure) taken before and after surgery reduced the risk of acute kidney injury, according to a study appearing in JAMA. The study is being released to coincide with its presentation at the American Society of Nephrology's annual Kidney Week meeting.

About 10 percent of the 200 million adults estimated to undergo major noncardiac surgery each year develop acute kidney injury (a sudden loss of kidney function). Perioperative (around the time of surgery) acute kidney injury is associated with poor outcomes, a long hospital stay, and high health ca...

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