Acute kidney injury in Indigenous Australians in the Kimberley: age distribution and associated diagnoses

Joseph Mohan, David Atkinson, Emma Griffiths, Johan Rosman

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To describe the frequencies of acute kidney injury (AKI) and of associated diagnoses in Indigenous people in a remote Western Australian region.

Retrospective population-based study of AKI events confirmed by changes in serum creatinine levels.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents of the Kimberley region of Western Australia, aged 15 years or more and without end-stage kidney disease, for whom AKI between 1 June 2009 and 30 May 2016 was confirmed by an acute rise in serum creatinine levels.

Age-specific AKI rates; principal and other diagnoses.

324 AKI events in 260 individuals were recorded; the median age of patients was 51.8 years (IQR, 43.9-61.0 years), and 176 events (54%) were in men. The overall AKI rate was 323 events (95% CI, 281-367) per 100 000 population; 92 events (28%) were in people aged 15-44 years. 52% of principal diagnoses were infectious in nature, including pneumonia (12% of events), infections of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (10%), and urinary tract infections (7.7%). 80 events (34%) were detected on or before the date of admission; fewer than one-third of discharge summaries (61 events, 28%) listed AKI as a primary or other diagnosis.

The age distribution of AKI events among Indigenous Australians in the Kimberley was skewed to younger groups than in the national data on AKI. Infectious conditions were common in patients, underscoring the significance of environmental determinants of health. Primary care services can play an important role in preventing community-acquired AKI; applying pathology-based criteria could improve the detection of AKI.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-23
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019


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