Angiotensin axis blockade, acute kidney injury, and perioperative morbidity in patients undergoing colorectal surgery: A retrospective cohort study

Anthony Bonavia, Milad Javaherian, Alexander J. Skojec, Vernon M. Chinchilli, Berend Mets, Kunal Karamchandani, Felix Kork

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Patients undergoing surgery and taking angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEi) or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) are susceptible to complications related to intraoperative hypotension. Perioperative continuation of such medications in patients undergoing colorectal surgery may be associated with more harm than benefit, as these patients are often exposed to other risk factors which may contribute to intraoperative hypotension. Our objectives were to assess the incidence and severity of postinduction hypotension as well as the rates of acute kidney injury (AKI), 30-day all-cause mortality, 30-day readmission, and hospital length of stay in adult patients undergoing colorectal surgery who take ACEi/ARB.We performed a retrospective chart review of patients undergoing colorectal surgery of ≥4 hour duration at a tertiary care academic medical center between January 2011 and November 2016. The preoperative and intraoperative characteristics as well as postoperative outcomes were compared between patients taking ACEi/ARB and patients not taking these medications.Of the 1020 patients meeting inclusion criteria, 174 (17%) were taking either ACEi or ARB before surgery. Patients taking these medications were more likely to receive both postinduction and intraoperative phenylephrine and ephedrine. The incidences of postoperative AKI (P = .35), 30-day all-cause mortality (P = .36), 30-day hospital readmission (P = .45), and hospital length of stay (P = .25), were not significantly different between the 2 groups.Our results support the current recommendation that ACEi/ARB use is probably safe within the colorectal surgery population during the perioperative period. Intraoperative hypotension should be expected and treated with vasopressors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere16872
JournalMedicine (United States)
Issue number33
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019


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