Measuring and Assessing Kidney Function

Priya Vart, Morgan Grams

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Abstract

Assessment of kidney function is important for the detection and management of chronic kidney disease. The glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and level of albuminuria are two frequently used indices of kidney function assessment. Administration of an exogenous filtration marker to measure GFR and collection of urine for 24 hours to measure albumin excretion generally are considered the gold standard for GFR and albuminuria, respectively, but they are time consuming and onerous for the patient. Thus, in routine clinical practice, other methods are used more frequently to assess GFR and albuminuria. In this review, we discuss the role of GFR and albuminuria in staging of chronic kidney disease as well as the pros and cons and prognostic implications of various methods of assessment of GFR and albuminuria.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSeminars in Nephrology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2016

Keywords

  • Albuminuria
  • Glomerular filtration rate
  • Kidney function assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology

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