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Colistin nephrotoxicity in adults: Single centre large series from India

Abdul Ghafur, Swati Gohel, T. Raja, M. A. Raja, T. Ramakrishnan, S. G. Raman, Balaji Venkatachalam

Keywords : Carbapenem resistance, colistin, nephrotoxicity, risk, injury, failure, loss, and end-stage

Citation Information : Ghafur A, Gohel S, Raja T, Raja MA, Ramakrishnan T, Raman SG, Venkatachalam B. Colistin nephrotoxicity in adults: Single centre large series from India. Indian J Crit Care Med 2017; 21 (6):350-354.

DOI: 10.4103/ijccm.IJCCM_140_17

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-06-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; The Author(s).


Context: Limited Indian data are available on the rate of colistin nephrotoxicity and other risk factors contributing to the development of this important side effect. Aim: This study aims to generate data on colistin nephrotoxicity from a large cohort of Indian patients. Design: Retrospective cohort study. Materials and Methods: Case record analysis of patients who received colistin, in an oncology center in India, between January 2011 and December 2015. Nephrotoxicity was assessed using risk, injury, failure, loss, and end-stage (RIFLE) criteria. Statistical Analysis: P < 0.05 was considered as statistically significant. Results: Out of the 229 patients, 13.1% (30/229) developed abnormal RIFLE. Abnormal RIFLE group (n = 30), in comparison to the normal renal function group (n = 199), had higher number of patients in intensive care unit (ICU) (96% vs. 79%, P = 0.02), higher Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE II) score (23 vs. 19 P = 0.0001), Charlson score (5.9 vs. 4.3, P = 0.001), mechanical ventilation (90% vs. 67%, P = 0.016), 28 days mortality (63% vs. 25%, P = 0.0001), and abnormal baseline creatinine (36% vs. 8%, P = 0.001). Coadministration of vancomycin had higher rates of nephrotoxicity (P = 0.039). There was no significant difference in nephrotoxicity between 6 and 9 MU/day dosing pattern (8.8% vs. 13.8%, P = 0.058). Conclusion: Nephrotoxicity rate in our retrospective single center large series of patients receiving colistin was 13.1%. Patients with abnormal baseline creatinine, ICU stay, and higher disease severity are at higher risk of nephrotoxicity while on colistin. A daily dose of 9 million does not significantly increase nephrotoxicity compared to the 6 million. Concomitant administration of vancomycin with colistin increases the risk of nephrotoxicity.

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