Characterizing and predicting amphotericin B-associated nephrotoxicity in bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell transplant recipients

Paul O. Gubbins, Scott R. Penzak, Sabrena Polston, Scott A. McConnell, Elias Anaissie

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Study Objective. To characterize amphotericin B-associated nephrotoxicity and to determine the variables associated with it that can be used to identify, a priori, at-risk patients. Design. Retrospective analysis. Setting. University hospital. Patients. A homogeneous population of 69 recipients of a bone marrow (BMT) or peripheral blood stem cell transplant (PBSCT) with multiple myeloma and who received at least two doses of amphotericin B deoxycholate from January 1, 1992-January 1, 1995. Intervention. Data on demographics, prior and concomitant nephrotoxic drug therapy, daily laboratory values, and amphotericin B dosing were collected serially from medical and pharmacy records. Measurements and Main Results. Forward stepwise logistic regression analysis was performed on the data from the first day of therapy to characterize and determine variables related to amphotericin B-associated nephrotoxicity. Nephrotoxicity occurred in 30 patients (43%) and developed rapidly. Patients who developed nephrotoxicity were similar to those who did not in many aspects associated with their treatment. However, baseline estimated creatinine clearance, cyclosporine therapy, nephrotoxic drug therapy within 30 days of starting amphotericin B, and the number of concomitant nephrotoxic drugs were significant predictors of amphotericin B-associated nephrotoxicity. Conclusion. Recipients of a BMT or PBSCT who have multiple myeloma and are receiving cyclosporine or multiple nephrotoxic drugs at the start of amphotericin B therapy should be considered at high risk for developing amphotericin B-associated nephrotoxicity. Also, because amphotericin B-associated nephrotoxicity develops rapidly, clinicians should be aware of the rapid changes in serum creatinine and electrolyte levels that can occur.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)961-971
Number of pages11
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2002


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