|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2021 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 309-310
Effect of sodium bicarbonate infusion in off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting in patients with renal dysfunction: Cautious interpretation is required
Habib M. R. Karim
Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India
|Date of Submission||17-Oct-2018|
|Date of Decision||29-Oct-2019|
|Date of Acceptance||14-Feb-2021|
|Date of Web Publication||15-Jul-2021|
Dr. Habib M. R. Karim
Faculty Room A001, Block A., All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur - 492 099, Chhattisgarh
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Karim HM. Effect of sodium bicarbonate infusion in off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting in patients with renal dysfunction: Cautious interpretation is required. J Anaesthesiol Clin Pharmacol 2021;37:309-10
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Karim HM. Effect of sodium bicarbonate infusion in off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting in patients with renal dysfunction: Cautious interpretation is required. J Anaesthesiol Clin Pharmacol [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Sep 28];37:309-10. Available from: https://www.joacp.org/text.asp?2021/37/2/309/321406
Cardiac surgery-associated acute kidney injury (CSA-AKI) is widespread in open-heart surgeries, and even off-pump coronary artery bypass graft (OP-CABG) is not an exception., It also has a significant impact on mortality and morbidity. We appreciate the work of Kanchi et al. where the authors appraise intraoperative sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) infusion for prevention of acute kidney injury (AKI) in patients with preoperative renal dysfunction undergoing OP-CABG. However, a few concerns need to be addressed before accepting the strategy in clinical practice;
Firstly, while the authors have already taken one placebo group (i.e., NaCl) to compare the effect of NaHCO3 infusion, the use of another control group with preoperative normal renal function is misleading or unwarranted as per the primary objective of the study which indicates that the effect needs to be evaluated in patients with preexisting renal dysfunction first. Although the new group may provide another subset of data, the comparison of the patients with preexisting renal dysfunction with normal renal function deviates away from the main objective of the study. For this, the authors should have also presented a separate comparison of only NaCl and NaHCO3 groups in the said study. When data provided by Kanchi et al. in their, were analyzed using online QuickCalc (Graphpad Prism Software, Inc; La Jolla, CA, USA) and t-test was applied; the differences were mostly found as insignificant [[Table 1] of the present manuscript].
|Table 1: Creatinine, urine output and troponin data of study patients with preexisting renal dysfunction compared using t-test|
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Secondly, it is appreciated that the authors considered perioperative myocardial infarction as one of the safety indicators in their study. However, the study showed one interesting fact that the patients who received NaHCO3 infusion had significantly more troponin levels on postoperative 24 hours (P < 0.05) despite these patients were having relatively lesser preoperative troponin compared to NaCl group [Table 1]. It is also felt that it will be better if the authors present the troponin data in range and/or median values in their study as the standard deviation is much higher than the mean value in each category [Kanchi et al. article]. This indicates that a good number of the values were in extremes.
Thirdly, the authors' conclusion of the study needs to be accepted cautiously. In all, 20% of the NaHCO3 group developed stage-1 AKI compared to 33.33% of the NaCl group with 30 patients in each group. This difference is not statistically significant (P 0.381, relative risk 0.6, 95% confidence interval 0.249–1.442; by Fisher's exact test using INSTAT software from Graphpad Prism Software Inc; La Jolla, CA, USA). Therefore, the NaHCO3 infusion in patients with preoperative renal dysfunction undergoing OP-CABG cannot be attributed to reducing postoperative CSA-AKI in such patients from this study.
Fourthly, the data on preoperative anemia and perioperative blood transfusion are worth mentioning. These can contribute to AKI, and affect the study results, as these are associated with CSA-AKI.,
Finally, in context to the use of NaHCO3 for prevention of AKI in perioperative and critical care settings, it is worth referring to the guideline where it is recommended (Grade 2) for not using NaHCO3 to prevent or treat AKI with a strong agreement, and rationale based on a multi-center-randomized study. Therefore, before accepting the results of Kanchi et al., the information on the aspects mentioned earlier is crucial. It will help the scientific community in making more informed decisions.
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