Figure 818

Serum creatinine (SCr) at hospital admission has diagnostic and prognostic implications for acute renal failure (ARF). A, Of the patients included in an ARF epidemiologic study 39% had a normal SCr concentration (less than 1.5 mg/dL) at hospital admission. It is worth noting that only 22% of the patients had clearly established ARF (SCr greater than 3 mg/dL) when admitted (no acute-on-chronic case was included). Mortality was significantly higher in patients with normal SCr at admission.

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