What causes kidney failure in septic shock

Grant number: 454615 | Funding period: 2007 - 2009



Acute renal failure is a serious condition that affects up to 20% of patients in Intensive Care Units. Sepsis and septic shock remain the most important causes of acute renal failure in critically ill patients. Despite our ability to support vital organs and resuscitate patients, the incidence and mortality of septic acute renal failure remain unacceptably high at up to 55%. There have been no major advances in our understanding of its pathogenesis and in its prevention or treatment over the last 50 years. The traditional view is that sepsis-induced renal failure results from reduced perfusion of the kidney secondary to the low blood pressure. In a model of sepsis in sheep with renal failure..

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