Kidney Function Test

Summarized by Plex Health
Last Updated: 09 May 2022

Kidney function can be approximated more precisely by gauging blood degrees of both creatinine and cystatin C than by utilizing either marker alone, a new study found. The method could assist medical professionals more properly detect chronic kidney disease. An approximated 23 million American adults might have chronic kidney disease. They might take actions to secure their kidney function if their kidney disease were detected early. The common way to estimate GFR has been to measure blood levels of creatinine. Creatinine is a waste product from the digestion of dietary protein and the normal malfunction of muscle tissue. Creatinine degrees can be affected by several other elements, consisting of diet plan, muscular tissue mass, lack of nutrition and other chronic illnesses. A research team led by Dr. Lesley Inker at Tufts Medical Center in Boston aimed to develop better models for estimating GFR by taking into consideration both creatinine and cystatin C. To test their models, the scientists collected information on a diverse group of over 5,000 people from 13 research studies that determined kidney function. The team reported in the New England Journal of Medicine on July 5, 2012, that GFR estimates based on a creatinine-cystatin C equation gave the most accurate and accurate results. Amongst people whose estimated kidney function was in between 45 and 74 based on creatinine, the combined formula correctly reclassified to 60 or greater 17% percent of those who had been estimated to have a GFR under 60. The new creatinine-cystatin equation is more precise over a wider series of kidney function and body size, and less changed by other medical conditions, Inker states. The enhancement of cystatin C screening would likely increase lab expenses.

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