Contrast induced acute kidney injury and the role of beta-blockers in its prevention

Umberto Barbero, Mario Iannaccone, Michele De Benedictis, Baldassarre Doronzo


Contrast-induced acute kidney injury (CI-AKI) is a well-known plight after diagnostic or interventional procedures requiring iodinated contrast media. It is actually the third cause of renal breakdown in hospitalized patients, and an everyday concern for procedures with high contrast use like coronary angioplasty (1).