Measurement and Estimation of Residual Kidney Function in Patients on Dialysis

Tariq Shafi, Andrew S. Levey

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Residual kidney function (RKF) in patients on dialysis is strongly associated with survival and better quality of life. Assessment of kidney function underlies the management of patients with chronic kidney disease before dialysis initiation. However, methods to assess RKF after dialysis initiation are just now being refined. In this review, we discuss the definition of RKF and methods for measurement and estimation of RKF, highlighting the unique aspects of dialysis that impact these assessments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-104
Number of pages12
JournalAdvances in Chronic Kidney Disease
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018



  • Cystatin C
  • Glomerular filtration rate
  • Residual kidney function
  • β-2 Microglobulin
  • β-Trace protein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology

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