A biomarker test based on a combination of urine tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases 2 (TIMP-2) and insulin-like growth factor binding protein 7 (IGFBP7) has been used as a potential biomarker of acute kidney injury (AKI). This meta-analysis aimed to evaluate the predictive value of this biomarker for cardiac surgery-associated acute kidney injury (CSA-AKI).Methods
We searched MEDLINE, PubMed, Cochrane, and EMBASE for studies. We evaluated the methodological quality of each included study using the Quality Assessment of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies 2 criteria. Meta-DiSc and STATA were used for statistical analyses.Results
A total of 10 studies (747 patients) were included in this meta-analysis. Pooled sensitivity and specificity with corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CI) were 0.77 (95% CI: 0.70–0.83, I2=40.7%) and 0.76 (95% CI: 0.72–0.79, I2=69.1%), respectively. Pooled positive likelihood ratio (LR), negative LR, and diagnostic odds ratio were 3.26 (95% CI: 2.51–4.23, I2=50.7%), 0.32 (95% CI: 0.24–0.41, I2=6.7%), and 10.08 (95% CI: 6.85–14.84, I2=6.7%), respectively. The area under the curve estimated by summary receiver operating characteristics was 0.83 [standard error (SE) 0.023] with a Q* value of 0.759 (se 0.021). There was no heterogeneity amongst the 10 studies from both threshold and non-threshold effects. Subgroup analysis showed that the diagnostic value was related to the severity of AKI and time measurement.Conclusions
Urinary [TIMP-2]·[IGFBP7] is an effective predictive test for cardiac surgery associated acute kidney injury with good diagnostic accuracy within 24 h. Studies examining use of biomarker-guided care bundles are indicated.