Comparison of renal region, cerebral and peripheral oxygenation for predicting postoperative renal impairment after CABG

Ilonka N de Keijzer*, Marieke Poterman, Anthony R Absalom, Jaap Jan Vos, Massimo A Mariani, Thomas W L Scheeren

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Patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) are at risk of developing postoperative renal impairment, amongst others caused by renal ischemia and hypoxia. Intra-operative monitoring of renal region tissue oxygenation (SrtO(2)) might be a useful tool to detect renal hypoxia and predict postoperative renal impairment. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess the ability of intra-operative SrtO(2) to predict postoperative renal impairment, defined as an increase of serum creatinine concentrations of > 10% from individual baseline, and compare this with the predictive abilities of peripheral and cerebral tissue oxygenation (SptO(2) and SctO(2), respectively) and renal specific tissue deoxygenation. Forty-one patients undergoing elective CABG were included. Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) was used to measure renal region, peripheral (thenar muscle) and cerebral tissue oxygenation during surgery. Renal region specific tissue deoxygenation was defined as a proportionally larger decrease in SrtO(2) than SptO(2). ROC analyses were used to compare predictive abilities. We did not observe an association between tissue oxygenation measured in the renal region and cerebral oxygenation and postoperative renal impairment in this small retrospective study. In contrast, SptO(2) decrease > 10% from baseline was a reasonable predictor with an AUROC of 0.767 (95%CI 0.619 to 0.14; p = 0.010). Tissue oxygenation of the renal region, although non-invasively and continuously available, cannot be used in adults to predict postoperative renal impairment after CABG. Instead, peripheral tissue deoxygenation was able to predict postoperative renal impairment, suggesting that SptO(2) provides a better indication of 'general' tissue oxygenation status. Registered at NCT01347827, first submitted April 27, 2011.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of clinical monitoring and computing
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20-Apr-2021


  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
  • Renal oxygenation
  • Cerebral oxygenation
  • Acute kidney injury
  • Postoperative renal impairment

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