[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
Contempo Updates
Clinician's Corner
February 12, 2003

Acute Renal Failure

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Division of Nephrology/Hypertension, Department of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Ill.


Contempo Updates Section Editor: Sarah Pressman Lovinger, MD, Fishbein Fellow.

JAMA. 2003;289(6):747-751. doi:10.1001/jama.289.6.747

Acute renal failure (ARF) remains a common and critical clinical entity affecting 5% to 7% of all hospitalized patients.1,2 It is associated with various medical problems, treatments, and procedures. Despite advances in medical care, ARF still carries a significant morbidity and a 20% to 70% mortality rate. Unfortunately, this has not improved during the past 50 years because of a sicker and older population.