Aims: To study the association between higher versus lower continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) intensity and mortality in critically ill patients with combined acute kidney injury and liver dysfunction.
Methods: Post-hoc analysis of patients with liver dysfunction (Sequential Organ Failure Assessment liver score ≥2 or diagnosis of liver failure/transplant) included in the Randomized Evaluation of Normal versus Augmented Level renal replacement therapy (RENAL) trial.
Results: Of 444 patients, 210 (47.3%) were randomized to higher intensity (effluent flow 40 mL/kg/h) and 234 (52.7%) to lower intensity (effluent flow 25 mL/kg/h) therapy. Overall, 79 and 86% of prescribed effluent flow was delivered in the higher-intensity and lower-intensity groups, respectively (p < 0.001). In total, 113 (54.1%) and 120 (51.3%) patients died in each group. On multivariable Cox regression analysis, we found no independent association between higher CRRT intensity and mortality (HR 0.93, 95% CI 0.70-1.24; p = 0.642).
Conclusions: In RENAL patients with liver dysfunction, higher CRRT intensity was not associated with reduced mortality.