Urinary Neutrophil Gelatinase Associated Lipocalin (NGAL) for Early Diagnosis of Acute Kidney Injury in Renal Transplant Recipients


Zohreh Rostami 1 , * , Mohammad Nikpoor 1 , Behzad Einollahi 1

1 Nephrology and Urology Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran

How to Cite: Rostami Z, Nikpoor M, Einollahi B. Urinary Neutrophil Gelatinase Associated Lipocalin (NGAL) for Early Diagnosis of Acute Kidney Injury in Renal Transplant Recipients, Nephro-Urol Mon. Online ahead of Print ; 5(2):745-52. doi: 10.5812/numonthly.9385.


Nephro-Urology Monthly: 5 (2); 745-52
Published Online: March 29, 2013
Article Type: Research Article
Received: November 30, 2012
Accepted: December 28, 2012


Background: Early predictive biomarkers for acute kidney injury (AKI) such as neutrophil elatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) could identify patients who may benefit from early initiation of treatment.

Objectives: We aimed to obtain a cut off point for AKI prediction by urine NGAL in kidney transplantation.

Patients and Methods: In a prospective cohort study, 64 adult who underwent kidney transplantation from living or deceased donors at Baqiyatallah transplant center between April 2009 and January 2010 were included. Patients divided into two groups based on the presence or absence of graft dysfunction. In this study, early graft dysfunction (post transplantation AKI) was defined as Cr level more than 1.5 mg/dL on the second postoperative day.

Results: Post-transplant AKI was observed in 31 recipients. Mean urinary NGAL level was greater in recipients with AKI (P = 0.024). In linear regression model, AKI was only factor affected on urinary NGAL level (B = 299.8, P = 0.009). The best sensitivity and specificity for AKI detection by urinary NGAL observed at 2 hour after operation with cut-off point 204 ng/mL.

Conclusions: Our study showed in those who developed early post transplantation graft dysfunction the best AUC-ROC for urine NGAL observed at a cut-off value of 204 ng/mL after 2 hour post transplantation.

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