Renal Impairment Reduces the Efficacy of Thrombolytic Therapy in Acute Ischemic StrokePower A.a · Epstein D.b · Cohen D.c · Bathula R.c · Devine J.c · Kar A.b · Taube D.a · Duncan N.a · Ames D.b
aImperial Renal and Transplant Center and bImperial Hyperacute Stroke Unit, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and cNorthwick Park Hyperacute Stroke Unit, North West London Hospitals NHS Trust, London, UK
Do you have an account?
- Rent for 48h to view
- Buy Cloud Access for unlimited viewing via different devices
- Synchronizing in the ReadCube Cloud
- Printing and saving restrictions apply
Rental: USD 8.50
Cloud: USD 20.00
Article / Publication Details
Background: Renal impairment is a potent risk factor for stroke, which remains a leading cause of death and disability. Thrombolysis for acute ischemic stroke has transformed patient outcomes, although the safety and efficacy of this approach remain poorly characterized in patients with renal dysfunction, who manifest a higher risk of bleeding due to uremia. We therefore examined the impact of renal impairment on clinical outcomes with thrombolysis within the current 4.5-hour therapeutic window. Methods: This retrospective multicenter cohort study (2009–2011) examined 229 stroke patients receiving thrombolysis with alteplase (0.9 mg/kg; mean age 70 ± 13 years; 59% male, 24% diabetic). Sixty-five patients had an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) <60 ml/min. The primary outcome was the improvement in National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score at 24 h. Secondary outcomes included the NIHSS score at 7 days, the incidence of symptomatic and asymptomatic intracranial hemorrhage (ICH), extracranial bleeding and death during the index hospitalization. Univariate and multivariate regression analyses were performed to determine the association between demographic characteristics and comorbid factors of interest and outcomes. eGFR was calculated using the Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration equation. Results: There was no significant difference in mean time to thrombolysis between the groups (221 ± 66 vs. 220 ± 70 min from symptom onset; p = 0.9). An eGFR <60 ml/min was independently associated with a statistically significant reduction of the therapeutic effect of alteplase at 24 h on multivariate regression [coefficient –2.3, 95% confidence interval (CI) –3.7 to –0.9; p = 0.002], and this persisted at 7 days (coefficient –3.5, 95% CI –5.3 to –1.7; p < 0.001). On modeling eGFR as a continuous variable, every 10 ml/min decline in eGFR was associated with a 0.40 diminution in NIHSS score improvement with alteplase (95% CI 0.07–0.74; p = 0.02). Older age and a higher presenting NIHSS score were associated with a greater therapeutic effect (p = 0.04 and p < 0.001, respectively). In-patient mortality was 5%, with no significant differences between groups. Renal impairment was not associated with a higher rate of ICH (6.2 vs. 6.7%; p = 0.9). Greater NIHSS score at presentation was the only factor associated with a greater risk of death (odds ratio 1.24, 95% CI 1.10–1.40; p < 0.001) and ICH (odds ratio 1.12, 95% CI 1.03–1.23; p = 0.004). Conclusions: Our results suggest that renal impairment is associated with reduced efficacy of thrombolysis in acute ischemic stroke without any excess hemorrhagic complications. This may relate to diminished fibrinolysis in the uremic milieu or differences in infarct anatomy. Longer-term prospective studies are required to characterize and improve functional outcomes following stroke in a manifestly high-risk group.
© 2013 S. Karger AG, Basel
Article / Publication Details
Copyright / Drug Dosage / DisclaimerCopyright: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be translated into other languages, reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, microcopying, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher or, in the case of photocopying, direct payment of a specified fee to the Copyright Clearance Center.
Drug Dosage: The authors and the publisher have exerted every effort to ensure that drug selection and dosage set forth in this text are in accord with current recommendations and practice at the time of publication. However, in view of ongoing research, changes in government regulations, and the constant flow of information relating to drug therapy and drug reactions, the reader is urged to check the package insert for each drug for any changes in indications and dosage and for added warnings and precautions. This is particularly important when the recommended agent is a new and/or infrequently employed drug.
Disclaimer: The statements, opinions and data contained in this publication are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the publishers and the editor(s). The appearance of advertisements or/and product references in the publication is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality or safety. The publisher and the editor(s) disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas, methods, instructions or products referred to in the content or advertisements.