Risk of vancomycin-induced nephrotoxicity in the population with chronic kidney disease

Academic Article


  • The antibiotic vancomycin has been available since the 1950s but has been used more commonly since the early 1980s because of the widespread appearance of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Infectious Diseases Society of America guidelines recommend achieving vancomycin trough levels of 10 to 20 μg/mL. Usage of vancomycin in high dosages especially ≥4 g/d has led to an increase in the incidence of vancomycin-induced nephrotoxicity, particularly in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). This review focuses on the impact of vancomycin-induced nephrotoxicity in patients with CKD. Patients with CKD are at increased risk of developing acute kidney injury and subsequently requiring renal replacement therapy. There is substantial need for vancomycin pharmacokinetic studies to be performed in the population with CKD to develop an optimum vancomycin nomogram in these patients. At present, tight monitoring of vancomycin trough levels in the population with CKD is recommended to help prevent acute kidney injury and its associated high morbidity, mortality and health care costs. © by the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation.
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    Author List

  • Panwar B; Johnson VA; Patel M; Balkovetz DF
  • Start Page

  • 396
  • End Page

  • 399
  • Volume

  • 345
  • Issue

  • 5