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Diagnostic value of urine sCD163 levels for sepsis and relevant acute kidney injury: a prospective study

Longxiang Su1246, Lin Feng3, Changting Liu6, Zhaoxu Jiang124, Ming Li124, Kun Xiao14, Peng Yan1, Yanhong Jia4, Dan Feng5 and Lixin Xie14*

  • * Corresponding author: Lixin Xie

  • † Equal contributors

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1 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Hainan Branch of the Chinese PLA General Hospital, Sanya, Hainan Province, 572013, China

2 Medical College of Nankai University, Tianjin, 300071, China

3 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Guangzhou Women and Children Medical Care Center, Guangzhou, 510623, China

4 Department of Respiratory Diseases, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing, 100853, China

5 Department of Medical Statistics, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing, 100853, China

6 Nanlou Respiratory Diseases Department, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing, 100853, China

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BMC Nephrology 2012, 13:123  doi:10.1186/1471-2369-13-123

Published: 26 September 2012



Sepsis is a common syndrome in critically ill patients and easily leads to the occurrence of acute kidney injury (AKI), with high mortality rates. This study aimed to investigate the diagnostic value of urine soluble CD163 (sCD163) for identification of sepsis, severity of sepsis, and for secondary AKI, and to assess the patients’ prognosis.


We enrolled 20 cases with systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS), 40 cases with sepsis (further divided into 17 sepsis cases and 23 severe sepsis cases) admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), and 20 control cases. Results for urine sCD163 were recorded on the day of admission to the ICU, and AKI occurrence was noted.


On the day of ICU admission, the sepsis group exhibited higher levels of urine sCD163 (74.8 ng/ml; range: 47.9-148.3 ng/ml) compared with those in the SIRS group (31.9 ng/ml; 16.8-48.0, P < 0.001). The area under the curve (AUC) was 0.83 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.72-0.94, P < 0.001) the sensitivity was 0.83, and the specificity was 0.75 (based on a cut-off point of 43.0 ng/ml). Moreover, the severe sepsis group appeared to have a higher level of sCD163 compared with that in the sepsis group (76.2; 47.2-167.5 ng/ml vs. 74.2; 46.2-131.6 ng/ml), but this was not significant. For 15 patients with AKI, urine sCD163 levels at AKI diagnosis were significantly higher than those of the remaining 35 sepsis patients upon ICU admission (121.0; 74.6-299.1 ng/ml vs. 61.8; 42.8-128.3 ng/ml, P = 0.049). The AUC for urine sCD163 was 0.688 (95% CI: 0.51-0.87, P = 0.049). Sepsis patients with a poor prognosis showed a higher urine sCD163 level at ICU admission (98.6; 50.3-275.6 ng/ml vs. 68.0; 44.8-114.5 ng/ml), but this was not significant. Patients with AKI with a poor prognosis had higher sCD163 levels than those in patients with a better prognosis (205.9; 38.6-766.0 ng/ml vs. 80.9; 74.9-141.0 ng/ml), but this was not significant.


This study shows, for the first time, the potential value of urine sCD163 levels for identifying sepsis and diagnosing AKI, as well as for assessment of patients’ prognosis.

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Urine; Soluble CD163 (sCD163); Sepsis; Systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS); Prognosis; Acute kidney injury (AKI)