Multiple Creatinine Clearance Methods and CKD Staging

Patient Name    Location:
Age:    Scr:     Gender:
Select serum creatinine reference standard:   [more info]
Height     Weight:
For MDRD and CKD-EPI equation. specify race:
Is the serum creatinine (Scr) currently stable:   
Staging:  Has the patient had kidney damage or  GFR <60 ml/min/1.73m2 for geq 3 months

Chronic kidney disease: "defined as kidney damage or GFR < 60 ml/min/1.73m2 for geq 3 months.  Kidney damage is defined as pathologic abnormalities or markers of damage, including abnormalities in blood or urine tests or imaging studies." 9
Restrict the maximum calculated clearance to this value

Creatinine Clearance methods

Cockcroft and Gault equation utilizing the tbw (Total body weight) to calculate an estimated creatinine clearance
Cockcroft and Gault equation:
CrCl = [(140 - age) x TBW] / (Scr x 72) (x 0.85 for females)
Cockcroft and Gault equation utilizing the ibw (Ideal body weight) to calculate an estimated creatinine clearance
Cockcroft and Gault equation:
CrCl = [(140 - age) x IBW] / (Scr x 72) (x 0.85 for females)
Note: if the ABW (actual body weight) is less than the IBW use the
actual body weight for calculating the CRCL.

Estimate Ideal body weight in (kg)
Males: IBW = 50 kg + 2.3 kg for each inch over 5 feet.
Females: IBW = 45.5 kg + 2.3 kg for each inch over 5 feet.
Cockcroft and Gault equation utilizing the adjusted body weight to calculate an estimated creatinine clearance.
CrCl = [(140 - age) x AjBW] / (Scr x 72)

Note: (Multiply result by 0.85 for females)
AjBW = adjusted body weight:
AjBW = IBW + 0.4( ABW - IBW)

Estimated IBW:
Males: IBW = 50 kg + 2.3 kg for each inch over 5 feet.
Females: IBW = 45.5 kg + 2.3 kg for each inch over 5 feet.

Some studies have shown that utilizing the adjusted body weight improves accuracy compared to other commonly used equations in estimating the creatinine clearance in the elderly population.
Simplified 4-variable MDRD study formula
GFR = 186.3 x (SCR)-1.154  x  (age in years)-0.203  x  1.212 (if patient is black)  x 0.742 (if female)

Key point: Early statistical analysis shows very promising results. May represent the most accurate choice of this group. This may be especially true in chronic kidney disease.
CKD-EPI equation

GFR = 141 x min(Scr/κ,1)α x max(Scr/κ,1)-1.209 x 0.993Age x 1.018 [if female]
       x 1.159 [if black]

κ = 0.7 if female.
κ = 0.9 if male.

α = -0.329 if female
α = -0.411 if male

min = the minimum of Scr/κ or 1
max =  the maximum of Scr/κ or 1

"BACKGROUND:   Equations to estimate glomerular filtration rate (GFR) are routinely used to assess kidney function. Current equations have limited precision and systematically underestimate measured GFR at higher values." 1

"CONCLUSION:  The CKD-EPI creatinine equation is more accurate than the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease Study equation and could replace it for routine clinical use." 13



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    "An LBW estimate, based on TBW and BMI, incorporated into the Cockcroft-Gault equation provided an unbiased, relatively precise, accurate, and clinically practical estimate of 24-hour measured CLcr in morbidly obese patients."

    Lean body weight - male:   9270 x tbw/6680 + 216 x BMI
    Lean body weight - female:  9270 x tbw/8780 + 244 x BMI

    Obese study population: As expected, use of Cockcroft-GaultTBW grossly overestimated measured CLcr. The Cockcroft-GaultABW0.3, Cockcroft-GaultABW0.4, and Salazar-Corcoran equations all overestimated measured CLcr values in the study patients. In contrast, the Cockcroft-GaultIBW and the MDRD4 equations underestimated measured CLcr values. The Cockcroft-GaultLBW equation was the most precise, and the MDRD4 equation was the least. The Cockcroft-GaultFFW and Cockcroft- GaultLBW equations yielded the highest accuracy (55-61%), in yielding values that were within 30% of the measured CLcr.
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  18. Wilhelm SM, Pramodini KP. Estimating Creatinine Clearance: A Meta-analysis. Pharmacotherapy 2011 31:7 , 658-664.
    "Conclusion. Using the Cockcroft-Gault equation with no body weight (NBW) and actual Scr value most closely estimated measured Clcr. In obese patients, it may be reasonable to use actual body weight with a correction factor of 0.3 or 0.4 and actual Scr value in the Cockcroft-Gault equation. Based on this analysis, the use of total body weight, ideal body weight, and a rounded Scr value cannot be recommended."


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