#64 – KDIGO Guidelines


What are KDIGO and KDOQI???

  • The 2 Organizations
    • Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI)
      • US Based
      • Developed in 1997 by National Kidney Foundation
    • Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO)
      • Global organization developing and implementing evidence based clinical practice guidelines in kidney diseases
      • Developed in 2003 by NKF
    • Essentially individual entities, but both comment various aspects of kidney diseases
  • 2012 Guidelines
    • Published by KDIGO and commented by KDOQI
    • 5 chapters

Chapter 1: Definition and Classification of CKD

  • Definition
    • Abnormalities in kidney structure or function, present for > 3 months, with implications on health
  • Staging
    • Based on causes, GFR category, and albuminuria category
  • Predicting Prognosis of CKD
  • Evaluation of GFR
    • Recommend using serum creatinine and GFR estimating equation for initial assessment
    • Recommend only using cystatin C in adult patients with decreased GFR but without markers of kidney damage if diagnosis of CKD is required
  • Evaluation of Albuminuria
    • Initial testing for proteinuria should be an early morning urine sample(in descending order of preference):
      • Urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio (ACR)
      • Urine protein-to-creatinine ratio (PCR)
      • Reagent strip urinalysis for total protein with automated reading
      • Reagent strip urinalysis for total protein with manual reading
    • Microalbuminuria should no longer be used by laboratories
    • If ACR > 30mg/g, then proceed to confirm with a random untimed urine sample

Chapter 2: Definition, Identification, and Predication of CKD Progression

  • Assess albuminuria at least annually
  • CKD progression is based on the one of the following:
    • Decline in GFR category
    • Drop in eGFR by ≥ 25% of baseline
    • Sustained decline in eGFR by > 5mL/min/year
  • Identify known risk factors associated with CKD progression
    • Cause of CKD
    • Age
    • Gender
    • Hypertension
    • Hyperglycemia
    • Dyslipidemia
    • Smoking
    • Obesity
    • History of CVD
    • Ongoing exposure to nephrotoxic agents

Chapter 3: Management of Progression and Complication of CKD

  • Hypertension
    • BP ≤ 140/90 if urine albumin excretion < 30mg/d
    • BP ≤ 130/80 if urine albumin excretion > 30mg/d
    • Recommend ACEI or ARB
  • Protein Intake
    • Recommend protein intake 0.8g/kg/d
  • Glycemic Control
    • Recommend HbA1C AROUND 7.0%
    • ***newer ACE guidelines recommend < 6.5% with SGLT2i**
  • Recommend < 2g/day
    • Lifestyle
      • Recommend 30 min/day five times per week, smoking cessation, and healthy weight (BMI 20-25)
  • Complications Associated with CKD
    • Anemia
      • Diagnosed at < 13g/dL in men and < 12 g/dL in women
      • Screening in patients with CKD:
        • Stage G1-2 – when clinically indicated
        • Stage 3a-3b – at least annually
        • Stage 4-5 – at least twice per year
    • Metabolic Bone Disease
      • Obtained baseline calcium, phosphate, PTH, and ALP at least once in patients with GFR < 45 mL/min
      • Not recommended to screen with bone mineral density testing
      • Not recommended to supplement vitamin D of bisphophonates with deficiency or strong clinical rationale
    • Acidosis
      • Supplement oral bicarbonate in patients with serum bicarbonate < 22 mmol/L

Chapter 4: Other Complications of CKD

  • CVD
    • All CKD patients are at increased risk for CVD
    • Recommend same testing and treating as non-CKD patients
    • Use caution when interpreting NT-proBNP and troponins
  • PVD
    • Recommend regular podiatric assessment
  • Medication Management
    • Recommend using GFR for dosing adjustments
      • Example – Metformin
        • Stage G1-3a – continue
        • Stage G3b – monitored
        • Stage G4-5 – discontinued
  • Imaging studies and radiocontrast
    • Avoid if possible, but do not hold if needed
    • Following KDIGO Clinical Practice Guidelines for AKI
      • Avoid high osmolar agents
      • Use lowest contrast dose possible
      • Stop nephrotoxic agents before and after
      • Maintain adequate hydration
      • Measure GFR 48-96 hours after

Chapter 5: Referral to Specialist and Models of Care

Cottage Physician (1893)


  1. KDIGO. Clinical Practice Guideline for the Evaluation and Management of CKD. 2012.
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  3. Stevens PE, Levin A. Evaluation and management of chronic kidney disease: synopsis of the kidney disease: improving global outcomes 2012 clinical practice guideline. Ann Intern Med. 2013; 158(11):825-30. [pubmed]
  4. Andrassy KM. Comments on ‘KDIGO 2012 Clinical Practice Guideline for the Evaluation and Management of Chronic Kidney Disease’. Kidney Int. 2013; 84(3):622-3. [pubmed]

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