Edited by Prof Michael Joannidis.
Acute kidney injury is probably the most frequent syndrome observed in critically ill patients carrying significant implications with regard to morbidity, mortality as well as long term outcome. Despite the fact that the broadly accepted KDIGO criteria published in 2012 helped to standardize diagnosis of AKI, we still have to keep in mind that this syndrome comprises very heterogeneous disease states. Thus, AKI has many facets which the clinician should be aware of when trying to optimise early diagnosis and to institute timely preventive measures as well as adequate treatment.
Critical Care is therefore introducing a series of papers covering state of the art differential diagnosis of AKI, short-term and long-term effects, and specific characteristic of this syndrome in various populations like patients with oncological/haematological diseases, liver disease or after cardiac surgery. For these specific situations both typical manifestations and treatment options are discussed. We hope that these thematic series will help the clinician in management of AKI which poses a serious threat to our patients.
This series of articles has not been sponsored. All articles have undergone the journal’s standard peer review process overseen by the Series Editor, with final decisions made by the Editor in Chief. The Series Editor and Editor in Chief declare no competing interests.