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CANNT J. 2006 Apr-Jun;16(2):34-7; quiz 38-9.

Laboratory assessment of kidney function.

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London Health Sciences Centre, London, Ontario.


It is important to be able to accurately predict the function of the kidneys by estimating GFR. GFR is a strong predictor for the onset and complications of CKD and it also allows us to dose-adjust medications. It, unfortunately, cannot be measured directly, so we have to depend on surrogate markers such as creatinine to estimate it. With the development of newer predictive equations such as the MDRD equations, we can more accurately estimate GFR in certain populations.

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