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June 6, 2012

Kidney Attack

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Clinical Research, Investigation, and Systems Modeling of Acute Illness Center, Department of Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Dr Kellum); Departments of Intensive Care and Medicine, Austin Hospital and Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia (Dr Bellomo); and Department of Nephrology, International Renal Research Institute, Ospedale San Bortolo, Vicenza, Italy (Dr Ronco).

JAMA. 2012;307(21):2265-2266. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.4315

Some forms of acute vital organ injury leading to death or severe disability have appropriately attracted significant attention among clinicians, researchers, and the public. There is almost universal public understanding of the concept of a heart attack. Many members of the public also are now familiar with the concept of a brain attack. Unlike medical expressions such as myocardial infarction or stroke, lay terms including the word attack convey a sense of urgency and importance. Such terms have helped to achieve considerable progress in treatment or outcome by focusing public attention, encouraging early clinician intervention, and establishing a research agenda.

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