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After completing this case study, the reader should be able to:

  • Evaluate clinical and laboratory findings in a patient with AKI.

  • Select pharmacotherapy for treatment of complications associated with AKI.

  • Assess appropriateness of aminoglycoside serum concentrations in relation to efficacy and toxicity.

  • Develop strategies to prevent drug-induced AKI, including the selection of pharmacologic alternatives that do not adversely affect kidney function.

  • Adjust drug dosages based on a patient’s estimated kidney function to maximize efficacy and minimize adverse events.


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Wilbur Elliott is a 79-year-old man who originally presented to the hospital 1 month ago with symptoms of heart failure that culminated in mitral valve replacement surgery. His surgery was complicated by a 1-hour hypotensive episode, with BP of 70/50 mm Hg during surgery. Three days postoperation, purulent drainage was noted from the surgical site, and he was subsequently diagnosed with mediastinitis. At that time, he was also found to have Serratia bacteremia (blood cultures × 4 positive for Serratia marcescens, sensitive to gentamicin, piperacillin, ceftazidime, ceftriaxone, and ciprofloxacin; resistance was noted to ampicillin). Therapy was initiated with gentamicin and ceftazidime. Thus far, he has completed day 21 of a 6-week course of antibiotics. A gradual increase in his BUN and serum creatinine concentrations from baseline has been noted (see Table 53-1) and signs of volume overload are present.

TABLE 53-1Serum Creatinine, BUN, and Serum Gentamicin Concentrations During Hospitalization


  • Type 2 DM

  • CKD

  • Dyslipidemia

  • Osteoarthritis

  • HTN

  • Heart failure

  • Depression


Mechanical mitral valve replacement surgery 28 days ago


Father had type 2 DM


Denies smoking or alcohol; retired coal miner (11 years ago)


Gentamicin (see Table 53-1 for dosages and serum drug ...

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