Pediatric Nephrology

, Volume 30, Issue 10, pp 1873–1878 | Cite as

Ibuprofen-associated acute kidney injury in dehydrated children with acute gastroenteritis

  • Alejandro Balestracci
  • Mauricio Ezquer
  • María Eugenia Elmo
  • Andrea Molini
  • Claudia Thorel
  • Milagros Torrents
  • Ismael Toledo
Original Article



Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) induce acute kidney injury (AKI) in volume-depleted patients; however the prevalence of this complication is likely underestimated. We assessed the impact of ibuprofen exposure on renal function among dehydrated children with acute gastroenteritis (AGE) to further characterize NSAID-associated AKI.


Over a 1-year period dehydrated children with AGE (n = 105) were prospectively enrolled and grouped as cases, presenting with AKI (n = 46) or controls, not presenting with AKI (n = 59). AKI was defined by pediatric RIFLE (pRIFLE) criteria.


Among the children enrolled in the study, AKI prevalence was 44 %, and 34 (54 %) of the 63 patients who received ibuprofen developed renal impairment. Relative to the controls, children presenting with AKI were younger (median age 0.66 vs. 1.74 years; p < 0.001) and received ibuprofen more frequently (74 vs. 49 %, p = 0.01). After adjusting for the degree of dehydration, ibuprofen exposure remained an independent risk factor for AKI (p < 0.001, odds ratio 2.47, 95 % confidence interval 1.78–3.42). According to the pRIFLE criteria, 17 patients were at the ‘risk’ stage of AKI severity, 24 were at the ‘injury’ stage, and five were at the ‘failure’ stage; none required dialysis. Distribution of patients within categories was similar regardless of ibuprofen exposure. All cases fulled recovered from AKI.


Ibuprofen-associated AKI was 54 % in our cohort of dehydrated children with AGE. Drug exposure increased the risk for developing AKI by more than twofold, independent of the magnitude of the dehydration.


Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs Diarrhea Vomiting Volume depletion Acute renal failure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alejandro Balestracci
    • 1
  • Mauricio Ezquer
    • 2
  • María Eugenia Elmo
    • 2
  • Andrea Molini
    • 2
  • Claudia Thorel
    • 2
  • Milagros Torrents
    • 2
  • Ismael Toledo
    • 1
  1. 1.Nephrology UnitHospital General de Niños Pedro de ElizaldeCiudad Autónoma de Buenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsHospital General de Niños Pedro de ElizaldeCiudad Autónoma de Buenos AiresArgentina

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