Glomerular filtration rate (GFR)

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Test used to investigate chronic kidney disease

Glomerular filtration rate (GFR):

  • GFR is accepted as the best overall measure of kidney function
  • eGFR (estimated GFR) is a more sensitive marker for chronic kidney disease than serum creatinine alone
  • 50% of more kidney function can be lost before the serum creatine rises above the upper limit of normal
  • Normal serum creatinine measurements do not exclude serious loss of kidney function
  • GFR can be estimated (eGFR) from serum creatinine using prediction equations
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