Hepatic vein pressure predicts GFR in cirrhotic patients with hemodynamic kidney dysfunction

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The role of “nephrocongestion” in hemodynamic renal disease is understudied. Intra-abdominal hypertension accompanies liver disease and renal disease. Our hypothesis states that in those patients with liver disease, hepatic vein pressure measured during a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) procedure reflects intra-abdominal pressure and predicts estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). We gathered data from our clinical database and chart review on a cohort of cirrhotic patients who received TIPS at Montefiore as part of their clinical care between 2004 and 2014. We evaluated association of demographic and measured variables with eGFR in those subjects without end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Using multivariate regression, we examined the relationship between eGFR and hepatic vein pressure while adjusting for age, proteinuria, and ultrasound evidence for parenchymal kidney disease. The mean age of the subjects was 57 years old. Two thirds of the patients were male, 23% were White, and 20% were Black. A higher percentage of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), as determined by lower than 60 mL/min/1.73 m2, had proteinuria and ultrasound evidence for parenchymal kidney disease. A multivariate linear regression showed a significant and negative association between hepatic vein pressure and eGFR when adjusting for age, race, and proteinuria. Hepatic vein pressure is negatively and significantly associated with eGFR in those patients with liver failure. This finding has major implications for the way we evaluate hemodynamic renal disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere13301
JournalPhysiological Reports
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 2017


  • Cirrhosis
  • eGFR
  • hepatic vein pressure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


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