Off-Pump CABG Easier on Bad Kidneys, George Washington University Study

Published: May 18, 2012

Reviewed by Dori F. Zaleznik, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston and Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, Nurse Planner. For patients with impaired renal function, performing CABG off-pump rather than on-pump appears to improve outcomes, a retrospective study showed. Across the range of renal function, off-pump CABG was associated with a slightly lower rate of in-hospital death or the need for renal replacement therapy compared with on-pump CABG (1.8% versus 2%), according to Lakhmir Chawla, MD, of George Washington University Medical Center, and colleagues.

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